PREP VOLLEYBALL: Bruins rally past El Dorado, advance to D-III championship game
BRUINS 3, COUGARS 2
(23-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11)
BR: Brad Smith - 22 kills, 5 blocks
BR: Jace Rath - 20 kills, 13 digs, 4 blocks
BR: Weston Prosser - 45 assists, 19 digs, 4 kills
Bear River’s boys volleyball team is heading to a Sac-Joaquin Section championship game for the first time in school history after going on the road and knocking off No. 2 El Dorado in five sets, 23-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11 in the Division III semifinals Tuesday night.
The No. 3 seeded Bruins (25-5) got it done behind strong play from Jace Rath, Brad Smith, Weston Prosser, Noah Skowronski, Brekyn Vasquez and Joe Guerra.
Smith, a junior, led the team in kills with 22. He also had five blocks and four digs. Rath, a sophomore, followed with 20 kills to go with four blocks, four aces and 13 digs. Skowronski, the team’s lone senior, tallied eight kills to go with seven digs. Vasquez, a junior, added five kills and five blocks.
Doing a nice job of setting the Bruin hitters was Prosser, who doled out 45 assists to go with four kills and 19 digs. Guerra was also strong on defense with 17 digs.
The D-III title game is set for noon on Saturday at Whitney High School in Rocklin. The Bruins, who have now won 14 straight matches, will face the winner of Wednesday night’s semifinal bout between No. 1 Ripon Christian and No. 5 West Campus.
Coaches and team affiliates may submit game reports by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-477-4232.
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