By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The lady Bruins went to South Umpqua Tuesday night with high hopes, only to be disappointed in their second to last game of the season.
The sets were close for the most part, and doubtless the absence of constant standout Dani Olson played a role in the loss.
As Head Coach Lori Cooper said, the game was not as it might appear to those who didn't see it.
"It wasn't as bad as the scores show," she said. "We got some bad breaks. They weren't the deciding factor, but they did hurt."
The first set was tight in the beginning, and the girls stayed close, even in later points. Ultimately they lost the set 22-25, but the narrow margin of loss was some consolation.
The second set was considerably better.
"We lead most of the second set, but we lost momentum somehow," Cooper said.
In the second set, the Bruins remained in shooting distance of their goal. The game was tied as late as 18-18, but a late run by the Lancers took the win from the Bruins' claws, 21-25.
The Bruins offered resistance in the third set, but lost it 12-25 and the match.
In the place of Olson, Cooper said Sarah Pate and Shawna Cooper played well.
"Pate and Cooper had big games outside," she said. "It was also nice to have Cooper back on the floor after missing time due to an injury."
Copper had seven kills and 12 digs in the match. Pate contributed five kills and one timely block.
Coach Cooper also said the Bruin setters had a good night Danielle Ambrose had 12 assists, Briana Gutierrez, an additional 10.
The game also featured other notable performances: Nicole Watterson had six kills and four blocks, Taylor Keys had four kills, Breanne Manley had 15 digs and Felicia Gutierrez, 16 digs.
The JV lost in two sets; 23-25, 14-25.
JV Head Coach Pat Berkowitz said he was surprised by the loss, especially considering how well the team played last Thursday versus North Bend.
"(The North Bend game) was incredible," he said. "It was like watching a varsity match."
The girls will wrap up their seasons at 6 p.m. Thursday at home against Sutherlin.