Granite Bay comes up big |

Granite Bay comes up big

John HartBear River's Cory Pagano goes up for a hit in Tuesday's volleyball match.
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Josh Bollen set the Granite Bay boys volleyball team up, and Jeff Duran and Jon Good teamed up to knock it down at Bear River Monday.

Bollen had 50 assists and Duran and Good combined for 27 kills as the Bruins beat Granite Bay 15-8, 15-9, 15-8.

“I think the key today was our passing. That stayed steady the whole match. And we didn’t have any bad streaks where three or four people were hitting it out in a row. That helped keep the flow going,” Bruin head coach Gary Wiberg said.

The Bruins (8-3 Sierra Foothill League) rolled through the first two games, but ran into some trouble in game three.

The Grizzlies took advantage of Bruin unforced errors to build a 7-3 lead.

Then it was the three-time defending SFL champion Bear River’s turn to convert hitting errors into points.

The Bruins turned seven Grizzly miscues in to points and took an 11-7 lead.

Granite Bay had two more hitting errors and Bollen, who tallied a season-high five kills, and Duran had kills down the stretch to seal the win.

“I thought we stayed steady, kept passing and made them make plays. We had missed quite a few serves (in the previous two games), but we didn’t miss any in game three. And If you’re going to come back in a game, you can’t miss serves,” Wiberg said.

Duran finished with a team-high 15 kills. Good chipped in 12 kills. Ryan Weidert added nine more.

Tim Waechter, who teamed with Weidert to shut down the net on defense, had a team-high five blocks to go along with six kills.

While the Bruins have gone 4-0 in the second half of the SFL. season, Wiberg said chances at a fourth banner for Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium are slim.

“We’re three game behind (undefeated) Woodcreek with only three to play. If we ran the table from here on out, I’d really be happy because we play Woodcreek on Thursday and that would sort of be our playoff game,” Wiberg said.

Match time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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