Fans of the Brookings-Harbor Bruins volleyball team may have left their seats too early Tuesday night as a surprise ending to the night left many – including players from both teams – shaking their heads, and trying to figure out what was going on.
BHHS junior Jordyn Keys bumps the ball during the third set of the Bruins’ four set loss to North Bend. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Bruins lost the first two sets of the night to the North Bend Bulldogs in quick succession, 7-25, 16-25, before they began to come together as a team and make a game of set three.
“We are an incredibly slow-starting team,” Head Coach Lori Cooper said. “I just don’t know what to do to get them fired up for the first game, we just start slow.”
The Bruins led for most of the third set, before mental errors caused them lose the third set, 25-27. Or so it seemed.
Cooper approached the referees and asked for an explanation why a point wasn’t awarded to the Bruins for North Bend serving out of order, and after the rule book was consulted the Bruins were awarded the third-set victory, 25-23.
The players were called back – including some Bulldog players who had already left the building – to the floor, the net was reset and the game was resumed.
The Bruins’ elation was short-lived though as they lost the fourth set 15-25.
“I feel like we need to play better as a team,” team libero Shawndee Hatcher said. “We have so much potential, we just need to use it. We can play so much better.”
The Bruins will get a chance to show how much better they can play when they host the Far West League-leading Siuslaw Vikings at 6 p.m., on Thursday.