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Far West League drought ends

The Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team explodes in joy after clinching its first Far West League victory in two years. The Bruins defeated the Douglas Trojans 3-1 in Thursday night’s game. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team explodes in joy after clinching its first Far West League victory in two years. The Bruins defeated the Douglas Trojans 3-1 in Thursday night’s game. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team has been winless in Far West League play since defeating Sutherlin on Oct. 21, 2010, but that streak was brought to an end Thursday night as the Lady Bruins defeated the Douglas Lady Trojans 3-1.

“Oh how do I put this? I don’t know how to put my emotions into words but it feels amazing,” senior Megan Strain said. “It’s the first league game in two years that we’ve won and it means a lot to us. It’s our motivation to keep winning and bring us closer to the top.”

According to Head Coach Sam Greenlee, the Lady Bruins’ off-season work was responsible for the victory.

“That was the team we worked so hard to be in the off-season,” she said. “They had no excuses. They went out there and got the job done. I could not be more proud.”

The Bruins opened the match with a dominating 25-8 win in the first game, but gave up an early lead in the second game before succumbing 25-27.

The third game saw the Bruins jump to an early lead  but as the game wore on, they stopped communicating and relinquished their 18-12 lead as the Trojans scored seven points.

The change of service at a score of 18-19 brought junior Courtney Kay to the service area where she scored seven straight service points to take the Bruins to a 25-19 victory.

“I think it definitely helped out the team,” Kay said of her streak. “We all played way better than we have before.”

Greenlee had a slightly different take on the effect Kay’s serves had for the team.

“It was huge,” she said. “Any momentum shift you can get in volleyball you have to run with. She came up big for us in the third game; she hit, she blocked, she did everything.”

The fourth game may have had fans popping heart medication as the Bruins took it all the way to a 24-24 tie before claiming the final two points to win 26-24 and put the first mark in the win column for the season.

“I told the girls we had to take back our house,” Greenlee explained. “Everybody has been able to walk in here and own the Bruins. Well, they’re not going to own us anymore.” 

The Bruins improve to 1-1 overall and are 1-1 in league play as well.

They will host cross-border rivals Del Norte High School at 6:30 p.m. on Monday before heading south on Wednesday to finalize their home and away matchup.

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