PREP VOLLEYBALL: Bear River wins thriller over Colfax, extends win streak to 18 |

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Bear River wins thriller over Colfax, extends win streak to 18

Bear River's Ashley Albee goes for the hit during a game against Colfax Wednesday evening.
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No matter the sport, Bear River and Colfax always play each other tough.

In front of a raucous crowd at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium, the Bear River girls volleyball team edged their way past Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax in five sets, 23-25, 29-27, 25-13, 20-25, 15-9, Wednesday.

“We needed to be tested like that,” said Bear River head coach Matt MacDonald after his team notched their 18th straight win.

The Lady Bruins (32-3, 6-0 PVL) were led by their big hitters senior Kaely Rath (19 kills, three blocks) and junior Ashley Albee (23 kills), but the win was a team effort as several Lady Bruins rose to the occasion. Senior setter Savannah Wirth tallied 43 assists, fellow senior setter Melanie Jenkins added 17 assists, Alex Staples came through with 13 kills and three blocks, Brooke Hajewski led the team with 25 digs, Kaitlyn Solomon added four blocks, Eleesa Schumacher had two blocks and Nerissa Long totaled three kills and three blocks.

“The balance is huge for us,” said MacDonald.

The Lady Bruins dropped the first set, but rallied to win a wild second set 29-27. Bear River then cruised to a 25-13 win in the third set, and held a 13-7 lead in the fourth frame but Colfax rallied to win, 25-20, setting up a fifth and decisive set.

That’s when the Lady Bruins showed why they have 32 wins and are undefeated in league play.

Utilizing their depth and great team play the Lady Bruins grabbed and early, 4-1, lead in the fifth set with a pair of kills from Rath, a kill by Staples and a block by Rath and Staples. Wirth then tallied an ace, and two more Staples kills put Bear River up 8-3. An ace from Staples followed by kill from Solomon and a block by Schumacher and Solomon made the score 12-6. Colfax scored a pair of points to bring the game to 12-8, but a kill from Albee followed by a Colfax error and a Rath kill put the game away.

“I love that everybody got in, and every body contributed,” said MacDonald. “Everybody did great things and that’s what makes this team special.”

It is the first time since 2012 the Lady Bruins swept the season series with the Lady Falcons. In the 2012 season, Bear River beat Colfax three times, twice in league play and once in the playoffs.

Next up for the Lady Bruins is a Monday match at Center.

The Lady Falcons (10-10, 3-3 PVL) were led by hitters Kylie Shinn and Kylee Bauer. Next up for Colfax is a Monday home match against Lincoln.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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