Bruin volleyball falls to El Dorado in PVL play |

Bruin volleyball falls to El Dorado in PVL play

Scott P. Hopper
Staff Writer

Bear River’s Lady Bruins took the opening act 25-18 Thursday night, but they couldn’t hold off an El Dorado rally in a 3-1 Pioneer Valley League volleyball loss.

El Dorado (5-3 PVL) defeated the Bruins 18-25, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-16.

Bear River (2-6) won the first point of the first game, but the sideline judge overturned it and El Dorado pulled out to a 10-4 lead. But Bear River sophomore Katie Tomkiewicz served the Bruins to an 11-10 edge, while senior Lily Phelps and freshman Sara Schell served up three points apiece and Bear River went on to take the first game of the night.

“We played aggressive and passed the ball well in the first (game) in two, three and four we deflated,” Bear River varsity coach Matt McDonald said.

The third game of the match had four lead changes, but Bear River did not have the lead beyond 10-9. El Dorado kept its foot on the gas to take its largest lead, 20-14. The Bruins rallied around junior Christie Nat, Phelps and Schell to cut the lead to 24-20 but came up short of the Cougars in the end.

“The team has two seniors, Courtney Ochs and Lily Phelps have shown the younger players how to practice and have given great leadership,” McDonald said.

Team standouts were Phelps with six kills, Katie Tomkiewicz six kills and Schell with five kills in the loss.

The Bruins are tied for fifth place in the PVL standings with Lincoln, with three league matches remaining for Bear River. El Dorado, meanwhile, stands fourth in the PVL.

Bear River travels to Whitney (4-2) Monday.

The Bruins’ junior varsity also fell to El Dorado, losing in three games 25-27, 25-12, 15-12.

Scott P. Hopper is a sports writer for The Union. Contact him via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4231.

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