PREP VOLLEYBALL: Bruins pummel Placer to wrap PVL play |

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Bruins pummel Placer to wrap PVL play

The Bear River girls volleyball team has been absolutely dominant in 2015, winning a school record 36 games, including 22 straight, and claiming the Pioneer Valley League championship for the first time since 2012.

The Lady Bruins put a nice bow on the best regular season in school history Wednesday by beating league rival and 2014 league champ Placer in straight sets, 25-20, 25-11, 25-14.

“It’s been so phenomenal to watch this group,” Bear River head coach Matt MacDonald said of his team. “This team didn’t just happen this year. This team has been in the making for several years and they have stayed committed and stayed true to what we wanted to accomplish, and to see them play at the level they are is just amazing.”

Leading the Lady Bruins (36-3, 10-0 PVL) was senior outside hitter Kaely Rath with 15 kills. Ashley Albee added nine kills, and Nerissa Long along with Ellesa Schumacher each added five kills. Senior setter Savannah Wirth led the team with 17 assists and senior Melanie Jenkins added 13 assists. Senior libero Brooke Hajewski led all Lady Bruins with 17 digs.

Bear River lost only three sets in league play this season, all of which came against Colfax across two different matches. The Lady Bruins swept both their league games against Placer, Foothill, Lincoln and Center this season.

The Lady Bruins 36 wins is the most in the state of California, according to

“We should have some home games and the opportunity to control our own destiny,” MacDonald said referring to the upcoming playoffs.

The Lady Bruins, who last won a Sac-Joaquin Section title in 2012, will now prepare for the playoffs which begin Nov. 5.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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