Prep Volleyball: Lady Bruins extend win streak, next up Colfax |

Prep Volleyball: Lady Bruins extend win streak, next up Colfax

Bear River’s Melanie Jenkins, right, sets the ball as Alex Staples looks on. Jenkins and Staples are key contributors for Bear River this season.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

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What: Bear River vs. Colfax

When: 6 p.m., today

Where: Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium, Bear River High School

The Bear River girls volleyball team hasn’t lost a match in more than a month, winning 17 in a row, including five in Pioneer Valley league play.

On Monday, the Lady Bruins (31-3, 5-0 PVL) cruised past defending PVL champ Placer in straight sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-22, to conclude the first half of league play. Placer had been undefeated in league play until Monday’s loss to Bear River.

Now, the Lady Bruins head into the back half of league play with their sights set on winning the PVL title for the first time since 2012 when they shared it with Placer.

The Lady Bruins have been nothing short of dominant in league play this season, winning every set except for one. The lone dropped set came against Colfax, who the Lady Bruins host at 6 p.m. today.

The Lady Falcons are 10-9 overall and 3-2 in league play, beating Lincoln, Foothill and Center and losing to Placer and Bear River. Colfax is led by hitters Kylie Shinn, a senior, and Katelin Duer, a sophomore.

Led by a veteran group of seniors and juniors the Lady Bruins have a balanced attack and plenty of depth. Seniors Kaely Rath (outside hitter), Brooke Hajewski (libero), Savannah Wirth (setter), Melanie Jenkins (setter) along with juniors Ashley Albee (outside hitter) and Alex Staples (middle block) lead the charge for the Lady Bruins.

“The difference for us this year is we are more balanced,” head coach Matt MacDonald said earlier this season. “We probably have more depth than we’ve ever had.”

MacDonald, now in his eighth year coaching the Lady Bruins, has already matched his career high in season wins with 31. Last time a MacDonald led team won 31 games was 2012. That team won the Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV championship. MacDonald has led the Lady Bruins to four straight playoff appearances and his teams have made the postseason in five of the past six seasons.

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

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