By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Although the season didn't live up to the expectations of the players and coaches, three members of the Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team were selected to the Far West All-League team.
The Bruins finished the season 2-8 in league play and 6-10 overall, but ended strong with a win over Sutherlin and two competitive matches against North Bend and South Umpqua.
"This was a tough year for all of us," Coach Lori Cooper said. "We should have won more games then we did. But we have a young team and all but two players will be coming back, which is a plus for this program."
Other than performing on the court, the Bruins also performed in the classroom and were honored with an Academic All-State award, coming in fourth in the state among other volleyball teams with a combined GPA of 3.64.
Senior Stephanie Kerr received the top honor in the league as she was voted the Far West League Player of the Year by the coaches around the league.
"I didn't have to pitch her very much," Cooper said. "They (the coaches) already knew how good she was. Justice prevailed and the player who deserved it, got it."
Kerr is an extremely powerful hitter who led the team with 19.5 kills per game. In her final three games as a Bruin, Kerr recorded 29, 31 and 36 kills respectively.
"Her biggest strength is her hitting and her power," Cooper said. "She's unstoppable if we can get her the ball."
Kerr also led the team in hitting percentage, passing, aces and blocks and was voted as the Most Valuable Player by her teammates.
Juniors Breanne Manley and Dani Olson were also given honorable mention honors.
Olson was second on the team in kills, kill percentage and blocks. She recorded a season-high 13 kills on Oct. 19 against North Bend and a career-high 16 blocks against South Umpqua on Oct. 23.
"Dani came on really strong in the end," Cooper said. "She was definitely one of the most improved players."
Manley was the Bruins' defensive specialist and led the Bruins in digs and was second on the team in passing percentage.
"Breanne did a good job hustling; she was all over the place," Cooper said. "She also improved a lot in her passing and was one of our best servers."
Manley was also voted as the best defensive player by her teammates.
At the Bruins' end of the year banquet last week, the team also bid farewell to senior Vanita Carrillo, who was recognized as the team's most inspirational player.