By Jef Hatch

Special to the Pilot

Down two sets to none in a pre-season match against Brookings-Harbor Tuesday night, the Del Norte High varsity volleyball team found the resolve and tenacity to come back.

On the road, the Warriors won against its across-the- border rival 20-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 15-10 to improve to 4-1 for the year.

andquot;We came out really uptight the first two games,andquot; Del Norte head coach Meagan Curtis said.

Before the start of the third game, Curtis and her coaching staff told the team to be loose andquot;and just play the game.andquot;

Curtis said her girls came out sharp and did a great job, especially the hitters, as Del Norte won the next three sets for the victory.

andquot;They really did well as a team,andquot; Curtis said. andquot;It was a major team effort to pull this off.andquot;

She commended her senior girls for playing strong and showing needed leadership.

andquot;They did not waver when it came down to crunch time,andquot; she said.

For the Bruins, Tuesday's game could only be described as a reversal of fortune.

Behind an extremely productive offensive play by Dani Olson and great backline work by Breanne Manley, the entire Bruin team seemed to gel as a cohesive unit through the first two games.

Up front blocking and good passing helped to keep the Bruins in competition for most of their three loses, but they just couldn't overcome the Warriors tenacity.

The Bruins next game is against Del Norte again, this time in Crescent City on Monday.

Pilot correspondent Jef Hatch contributed to this report.