Colfax sweeps Bear River volleyball
For the younger Lady Bruins volleyball team trying to break through in the Pioneer Valley League standings, Monday’s loss to Colfax was part of a tough and unsatisfying week.
The Lady Falcons swept Bear River 25-15, 25-22 and 25-18 in three highly competitive matches, including a second one that the Bruins (21-9 overall, 2-2 league) led much of the way.
Colfax (14-7, 3-1) took sole possession of second place Monday after the duel between the previously tied teams. Placer leads the league.
“It’s been a difficult week,” said Bear River coach Matt MacDonald.
The Bruins lost to Placer (10-5, 5-0) last Wednesday and tried to get back on track against Colfax, but they just couldn’t figure it out the Lady Falcons.
“We had a good practice on Saturday,” MacDonald said of his team preparing for Monday’s matchup. Still it didn’t yield the results the coach and his team, which boasts 10 juniors, two sophomores and two seniors, wanted.
“Colfax wanted it more,” MacDonald said. “Give them a lot of credit. They played a really solid game.”
“We have to come ready to play in big games. It’s just the emotions of playing in a tight game. You learn to fight through some of those things.”
While the Bruins hung in the first game, the end result wasn’t surprising. But Bear River led for much of the second match, including a lead of as many as five points, but the tide began to shift when Colfax’s Samantha Hall began serving.
With the Lady Bruins up 19-17, the Lady Falcons rattled off five straight points by tapping the ball over the net in front or smashing it near the boundary lines, where Bear River players weren’t.
The Lady Bruins got the ball back but couldn’t mount much of an offense to stop the surging Lady Falcons. Colfax moved to a 24-20 lead.
The Lady Falcons knocked the ball out of bounds and the Bruins’ Sara Schell tapped the ball over the net in front for a 24-22 Colfax lead. The Bruins didn’t rally back again, knocking the Colfax smash out of bounds to lose the second match.
The Bruins were led by Katie Tomkiewicz’s 10 kills and Christie Nat’s five kills.
The Lady Bruins are back in action at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Center in Antelope.
Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4234.
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