By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team lost a tough five-game match to the North Bend Bulldogs Thursday evening (25-20, 28-26, 20-25, 22-25 and 11-15).
After winning the first two games, the Bruins (1-7, 5-9) seemed to have the match locked up midway through the third game.
But the tide turned and it was the Bulldogs (3-5, 5-14) who took the momentum and rallied to win game three as well as the following two games to wrap up the win.
"We should have won it in three," Coach Lori Cooper said. "Once you let the match go longer, you give the other team a chance. At least we're fighting; although this should have been a win."
In the opening game, the Bruins and Bulldogs battled back and forth, with neither team being able to pull away.
The Bruins took the lead for good as a kill by Dani Olson put the Bruins up 19-18.
A big block by Taylor Keys and Stephanie Kerr sent the ball back to the Bulldog side and gave the Bruins the game one win, 25-20.
In game two, the Bruins had to work a little harder for the win as the Bulldogs were able to tie the game at 26-26.
Kerr came up big again at the net as she recorded one of her game-high six blocks to put the Bruins up by one.
On the next serve, Kerr found a hole in the Bulldog defense for one of her four aces on the night and a victory in game two, 28-26.
The Bruins led for the first half of game three, building up a 16-9 lead.
But the Bulldogs were able to gradually turn the tide on the Bruins and pull out a 25-20 win.
After the loss in game three, the Bruins seemed to struggle to regain their confidence.
The Bruins trailed the Bulldogs for the entire fourth game until Kerr blasted another ace to put the Bruins up 18-17.
However, the Bulldogs would respond and quickly retook the lead on their way to a 25-22 victory.
In the deciding fifth game, the Bulldogs were able to jump out to a quick 6-0 lead before the Bruins could get on the board.
The Bruins were able to slowly come back with kills by Olson and Kerr and tie the game at 11-11.
But the Bulldogs thwarted the Bruin comeback with four straight points to complete the win, 15-11.
Kerr had an extremely productive night for the Bruins, leading the team with 29 kills, six blocks, four saves and four aces.
Olson also recorded double-digit kills on the night with 13 to go along with five blocks, while Sarah Pate had three blocks.
Molly Vance had 21 assists for the Bruins while Danielle Ambrose had 16 assists.
Breanne Manley played great defense for the Bruins with a team-high six saves.
The JV squad outlasted the Bulldogs for the win in an exciting three-game set (21-25, 25-18 and 19-17).
After splitting the first two games, game three was a close, back and forth contest.
A kill by K'La Kennedy knotted the score at 17-17 for the Bruins.
With Brianna Gutierrez serving, sister Felicia killed the ball to put the Bruins up one.
On the next play, Brianna made a nice play at the net, tipping the ball over the North Bend players and into a hole for the 19-17 win.
The second to last game of the season for the Bruins is a home match against South Umpqua on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5 and 6:30 p.m.