By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruins' girls varsity volleyball team lost their last game of the season to Sutherlin on Thursday night in four sets; 25-22, 15-25, 20-25, 15-25.
Although the girls were able to put together several long scoring streaks in each set, the Bulldogs matched and ultimately bested the Bruins on the scoreboard.
The girls quickly amassed a lead in the first set. At times they led by as many as eight points, but watched their lead erode to one near the end. Undaunted, the Bruins collected themselves and peeled off three consecutive points for the win.
The second set was nearly the opposite. After getting down 2-8, the girls had to fight back to make a game of it, but in the end lost 15-25.
Prospects in the third looked much better. Leading 3-0, however, the momentum changed and the Bulldogs went on a tear that saw them lead by as many as nine point. At that point the Bruins took a time-out, and afterwards played noticeably better, but were unable to overcome the lead and dropped their second set in a row.
The fourth set started dangerously simular to the second, with the Bruins trailing 0-8 early on. Again though, the girls got their game back on track and paced the Bulldogs point for point for most of the remainder of the match. Unfortunately, the lead spotted Sutherlin proved to be too much, and the Bruins lost the set and the match.
Despite the loss, Bruin Head Coach Lori Cooper said she couldn't help but notice many of the girls' performances.
The scorecard was full of positive marks, according to Cooper: Dani Olson, 10 kills and 15 blocks, Taylor Keys, six kills and seven digs, Shawna Cooper, five kills and 20 digs, Nicole Watterson, four kills, Breanne Manley, 23 digs, Felicia Gutierrez, 22 digs, and Danielle Ambrose, six saves and 14 assists.
Cooper said she was extremely pleased with the effort she saw, as well.
"They were playing hard," she said. "There were moments when they were all over the place and playing great."
With the season now concluded, Cooper said she was sad to see it go.
"It was a good year," she said. "They played well and improved from day one. They were also a very fun group."