With Tuesday night’s victory over McKinleyville High School still fresh in their memories, the members of Brookings-Harbor High School’s volleyball team were looking to carry their winning ways into their second home match of the preseason.
Those hopes were dashed as the visiting Warriors of Del Norte High School asserted their dominance in three of four sets, 15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 17-25.
The Bruins were flat and uncommunicative – allowing multiple balls to drop between players – during their first set loss as the Warriors played a near-flawless set to take the first win.
“They weren’t talking,” Head Coach Lori Cooper said, “And they knew it. I asked them what they were going to do different and they said they were going to talk.”
Cooper made adjustments in the huddle between sets that seemed to wake the sleeping bears as they took a lead 11-9 early in the second set, but were unable to hold on for the win as seven service errors caused them to lose 23-25.
“We gave them seven points in service errors,” Cooper explained. “And we lost by two.”
The Bruins were able to win an uphill battle after opening the third set with a deficit and battling back to grab victory 25-21.
The fourth game was reflective of the first as the Bruins were dominated across the floor despite stellar play from seniors Christy Reynolds (6 kills, 5 digs, 1 block) and Lakota Hatcher (10 kills, 7 digs) and juniors Mallory McDonald (2 kills, 8 digs) and Alaura Marrington (13 digs, 2 kills).
The Bruins will travel south to the Arcata High School tournament today before heading to Crescent City on Tuesday to try to reclaim some of their honor as they serve for victory at Del Norte High School.