By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruin volleyball girls lost their battle with the Douglas Trojans Tuesday night at Brookings Harbor High School in three sets; 11-25, 22-25, 16-25.
Despite many strong individual performances and several highly competetive stretches, the girls dropped the match to the second place team in the 4A Far West conference.
The Bruins played well in the first set, but, as head Coach Lori Cooper said, there was something missing.
andquot;We didn't talk enough,andquot; she said. andquot;They had their moments too, but there were others when we just didn't have it going.andquot; The Bruins hung tight in early points, before letting the set slip away.
In the second set they played considerably better. The girls kept it close, and looked on the verge of putting the set away late. Ultimately two strong Douglas serves ere the Bruins undoing.
The third set started well for Brookings, and the girls kept pace with Douglas, until a late run by the Trojans that decided the match.
andquot;We were just not getting enough offense,andquot; Cooper said. andquot;Douglas plays fast offense, so we were on defense a lot.andquot; In summary, Cooper was pleased withcertain moments and disappointed in others, she said.
andquot;They had spirts where they played extremely well, but it just seems like they lost it at times,andquot; she said.
Cooper said she was very happy with the performance of Nicole Watterson in the match. Watterson finished with six kills and four blocks. All four blocks came on one particularly successful rotation accross the net.
Dani Olson had another signature performance with seven kills and three blocks. Briana Gutierrez helped the defense greatly with 21 digs.
In the closing three games of the season, Cooper said what she is looking for is simple.
andquot;I just want them to go out, have fun and play hard,andquot; she said.
The JV Bruins also fell at the hands of the Trojans in three sets; 21-25, 28-26, 15-8.
Head Coach Pat Berkowitz said the game was feircely fought, especially in second set.
andquot;Everyone in the stands was up and cheering loudly,andquot; he said.
The support lead the girls to victory after three match points.
Berkowitz said Kambri Coleman, Sarah Pate and Jessica Gardner each added something to the match.
andquot;Garnder was stellar,andquot; he said. andquot;She was flying around the court and made some really nice saves.andquot; Thursday the girls travel to North Bend. The JV plays at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m.