Lady Bruins sweep Foothill in three |

Lady Bruins sweep Foothill in three

The Lady Bruins volleyball team returned home Monday for the first time in nearly a month, but looked right at home sweeping Pioneer Valley League foe Foothill in three games.

Bear River (21-7 overall, 2-0 PVL) downed the Mustangs 25-10, 25-9 and 25-10 in a quick good evening, good night series.

“It’s really nice to be home for a change,” said Bruins coach Matt MacDonald. His team hadn’t played a home match since Sept. 7, when they swept Cordova in nonleague play.

“The girls are clicking really well right now,” MacDonald said. It’s important for the team to be playing so well going into two key league matches with Placer and Colfax, he added.

Foothill (9-6, 0-2 PVL) could do little to stop Bruin sophomore standout Sara Schell.

Schell served up the bulk of game three’s points with numerous line drives barely over the net that continually flummoxed her opponents. When she began serving the Bruins were up 10-4, but by the time the team lost a point on her serve, the score was 20-5.

Schell finished the night with six aces and 15 kills.

Katie Tomkiewicz had a good night for the Lady Bruins, as well, with seven kills. Also, Kaya Johnson helped set up her teammates with 24 assists.

Schell and Tomkiewicz are among the top 10 in the section in hitting, said MacDonald, who is shepherding a relatively young team.

Bear River has two sophomores, two seniors and 10 juniors, but one could hardly tell after watching the team roll past the Mustangs with little trouble.

Foothill spent most of its time defending Bruin serves.

And Bear River didn’t need its top players out there for every play.

“We were able to get a lot of people into the game,” MacDonald said.

That probably won’t be the case Wednesday, when the Bruins travel to Auburn to square off against Placer (6-5, 1-0) at 6 p.m. The Bruins have worked on their blocking in practice to get ready for the Hillgals, MacDonald said.

Bear River will follow up the Placer matchup with a 6 p.m. Monday duel at home with Colfax (11-7, 1-1).

Contact Sports Writer Greg Moberly via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4234.

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