It took all five of the regulation sets to do it, but the Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team claimed victory from the visiting Panthers of Gold Beach High School in what was the longest volleyball match played at the CFCU Pavilion this season.
Bruin sophomore Courtney Kay, right, claims one of her six blocks during Monday night’s victory over the Gold Beach Panthers. The PIlot/Jef Hatch
The crowd held its collective breath as the final set played out to give the Bruins a 25-23, 16-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12 victory.
The first set of the match opened with the Bruins handing the Panthers 10 points on mental errors – while only scoring two of their own – before six straight service points by senior Lakota Hatcher got them back into the game.
“It really brought up the energy,” Hatcher said. “We had to get our energy back up and Christy and I got in the huddle and brought up the energy.”
The Bruins used the boost to keep pressure on the Panthers and eventually tie up the set at 21, before winning 25-23.
The second set found the Bruins making too many mental mistakes and failing to communicate and losing 16-25.
“I wasn’t worried at all,” junior Alaura Marrington said of the second game loss. “Coach said to be down, ready and to talk more and we’d do better.”
The directions given by Head Coach Lori Cooper between the second and third sets must have struck a nerve with the Bruin players because they won the third set in decisive fashion, 25-16.
“We really pulled together as a team,” Marrington said.
The fourth set again began slowly for the Bruins as they were down 0-6 to start the set, and the score reached 22 before they were able to tie it up. They eventually dropped the set, 22-25, forcing a fifth set to 15.
The Bruins utilized the blocking of Courtney Kay, the kills of Hatcher and fellow senior Christy Reynolds, and the digs of Mallory McDonald to jump to an 8-2 lead early in the fifth set.
The Bruins raised the tension in the Pavilion though as they let the Panthers back into the game before holding on for the win, 15-12.
Megan Strain led the team in assists with 29 and added 11 digs and four aces to her ball handling skills.
Courtney Kay had seven kills, six blocks and two aces. Lakota Hatcher had 12 kills, two aces and 10 digs and Jordyn Keys had four kills, three aces, four blocks and five digs.
The Bruins improve to 3-2 in their preseason play after splitting two games on Saturday at the Arcata Invitational Tournament in California.
Bruins win in five sets over the Warriors
The Bruin volleyball team traveled to Crescent City Tuesday night to face the Warriors of Del Norte High School in their second meeting of the preseason.
The Bruins lost the first set 17-25 after keeping it close for the first 12 points.
In the second set the Bruins came closes to snatching victory away from the Warriors but fell short 22-25.
The third and fourth sets were claimed by the Bruins with scores of 25-22 and 25-21 to force a fifth and final set.
The fifth set began with Jordyn Keys serving five straight service points to put the Bruins up early and they were able to hold on to the lead to win, 15-8, and claim a five-set victory to recover some of the glory they lost to the Warriors last week in their loss.
A special thanks to Kevin Bane and the crew at KURY radio for making coverage of the game against Del Norte possible.