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Prep volleyball: Bear River roars past Marysville on Senior Night (PHOTO GALLERY)

It was Senior Night for the Bear River girls volleyball team Thursday at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium. From left: Arden Franks, Molly Fowler, Jordan Foster, coach Matt MacDonald, Liah Fuller, Heaven Lafata and Lauren Richert.
By Brian O’Brien

Behind a strong defensive effort and a balanced attack, the Bear River girls volleyball team powered past Marysville in straight sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-19) on Senior Night.

“Such a great group,” Bear River head coach Matt MacDonald said of the six seniors on the Bruins squad. “For them to have this season after what they went through as juniors — they just work hard everyday. We’ve faced some adversity with some COVID situations and injuries, but they just keep coming to work and are getting better and better every day.”

Senior Liah Fuller led the Bruins with 14 kills in Thursday night’s win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien

The Bruins were led by their seniors Thursday night, getting impressive showings from middle block Liah Fuller, libero Molly Fowler and outside hitter Lauren Richert.



Fuller led the offensive attack with a team-high 14 kills, and now has a team-best 215 on the season. Richert followed with seven kills. Fowler notched four aces on the night, and played stellar defense throughout the match.

Bear River senior Molly Fowler was a standout on defense and tallied four aces in the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien

Seniors Arden Franks, Jordan Foster and Heaven Lafata all contributed in the win as well.



Junior outside hitter Kaylee Vieira also made an impact on the court, hammering down 13 kills.

Bear River senior Lauren Richert notched seven kills in the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien

The Bruins started the contest with a 10-2 run and never looked back. They were in control throughout the entirety of the match as Marysville was only competitive in spurts.

Marysville did threaten in the second set, and trailed Bear River by just two points, 15-13. But, the Bruins roared back with a 10-1 run to close the match out, getting kills from Vieira, Fuller and Foster down the stretch.

Bear River senior Heaven Lafata serves during the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien

“We still got a lot of work to do, but we’ve made some strides offensively in the last week and a half, and that was an area we had to get better at,” said MacDonald. “Our freshmen setter (Aly Vieira) has played beyond her years and our hitters are doing a good job of getting deep in transition.”

Bear River (17-6) has won nine of their last 11 matches, and is now 2-0 in Pioneer Valley League play. 
Next up for the Bruins is a home bout with rival Colfax (6-6 overall, 1-0 PVL) on Tuesday.

“We need to stay healthy and stay committed to getting better,” said MacDonald. “We certainly have a lot of areas to grow. Colfax is going to be very good.”

Bear River senior Arden Franks passes the ball during the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien
Bear River senior Jordan Foster (7) sends the ball over the net during the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien
Bear River junior Kaylee Vieira tallied 13 kills in the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien
Bear River head coach Matt MacDonald congratulates a player during the Bruins’ Senior Night win over Marysville.
By Brian O’Brien

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