By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team was unable to overcome a hard-hitting Sutherlin team as they were swept by the Bulldogs in three games (8-25, 19-25 and 14-25) Thursday night.

At times, the Bruin defense was able to hang with the Bulldogs, digging the ball out and making the passes.

But the Bulldog hitters proved to be too much as they were able to hit around the blockers and find an open space on the floor.

Libero Breanne Manley did a nice job on defense in the back row for the Bruins.

andquot;We need to believe in ourselves and in the team,andquot; Coach Lori Cooper said. andquot;Now we just have to work hard every night and come back ready to play.andquot;

The Bruins had trouble with errors early on in game one and couldn't overcome their mental mistakes in their game one loss.

Game two was a much closer contest as the Bruins took a 9-8 lead with an ace by freshman Danielle Ambrose.

A kill by Stephanie Kerr pulled the Bruins back within two points, 14-16, but the Bruins couldn't maintain the momentum as they fell 19-25 in game two.

The Bruins got off to another slow start in game three and weren't able to recover as the Bulldogs finished the three-game sweep with a 25-14 win.

Kerr led the Bruins with 10 kills and a block while Dani Olson had four kills and a block.

Molly Vance had nine assists while Ambrose had a solid night all around with five assists, two kills and an ace.

The JV and the JV2 teams both lost close matches to the Bulldogs Thursday.

The JV Bruins fell in three game (25-22, 22-25 and 14-16) while the JV2 squad also took the match to three games but lost (25-12, 15-25 and 13-15).

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Bruins travel to Siuslaw to take on the Vikings at 5 and 6:30 p.m.