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Falcons sweep Bruins

Colfax’s girls volleyball team showed the Bear River Bruins exactly how to play and the Bruins just couldn’t keep up.

In a match between the two most bitter rivals in Nevada County, the Falcons turned the pressure on the Bruins squad, beating them in three straight games Monday at Jack McCrory Gymnasium, 25-16, 25-12, 25-23.

Bear River is now 3-6 overall and 3-3 in the Pioneer Valley League, while Colfax is 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the PVL.



The Bruins’ best effort was in the third game, where the team surged ahead in the match’s final moments to a 23-20 lead, capitalizing on an overzealous Falcons attack to take the highest lead the Bruins had carried throughout the match.

But that was even short-lived.




The Bruins committed an attack error and the Falcons’ Katie Joyner served up a couple of aces to overtake Bear River and never give the lead up.

It epitomized Bear River’s day. Whenever the Falcons found themselves giving too much ground to the Bruins, the girls volleyed their way to a proper set up for a kill attempt. There was always a player who could get the job done and no Bruin who could consistently stop the attack, eclipsing any highs Bear River might have had on the day.

“This match went very, very smooth,” Colfax coach Vicky Satterlee said. “The girls came on strong from the beginning.”

Kayla Giles led Colfax with 16 kills, 10 assists, seven digs and four blocks. Her team-high digs were the punch that kept the Bruins down for the entire match.

She was followed by teammates Chanel Fiteau, who recorded seven kills, two blocks and five digs. Courtney Harrison had eight kills and three blocks, while Rachel Lindley piled up 17 assists for the Falcons.

The match was, in many respects, a disappointment for Bear River coach Bessie Gordon.

“We didn’t come to play,” Gordon said. “It was like there was a whole other team out there.”

So much so, that the team stopped stopped taking statistics for the game.

While there were some good points to note on the Bruins team – the quality digging and resurgence in the third game -they were outweighed by the faulty play at the net and poor line judgment.

The players said they understand that the team needs to get better – and quickly.

One player said, “we just need to raise the bar” while others declined to even speak about the team’s record.

JV: Falcons 2, Bruins 1

The Bruins pushed Colfax to the limit, beating the Falcons’ junior varsity squad 25-22 in their first game, but couldn’t overcome Colfax’s strong defense at the net to lose in three games; 25-22, 22-25, 9-15.

The junior varsity Falcons’ head coach was on vacation in Mexico, so varsity head coach Vicky Satterlee took the reigns. It was her first of two wins on the day.

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To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail zurib@theunion.com or call 477-4244.


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