While keeping the fans on the edge of their seats seemed to be goal for the volleyball teams locked in a prolonged duel in the CFCU Pavilion Tuesday night, the Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team proved that its ultimate goal was to win as they downed the Lady Panthers of McKinleyville High School in four sets, 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 34-32.
The Bruins opened the first set with a show of dominating strength before sliding into a steady rhythm that brought them the first-game victory.
"I'm extremely happy," senior Christy Reynolds said following the game. "I almost wanted to cry I'm so happy."
The Bruins felt the Panthers' claws in the second game as they fell with a nine-point deficit, 16-25, before limping to a victory in game three, 25-22.
In the early moments of the fourth game the momentum seemed to have swung in the Panthers' favor as the Bruins opened by allowing to the Panthers to jump to a 2-8 lead.
The Bruins were able to mount a comeback though and tied the game at 9-9 to start what would be a 30-minute battle to see who would win game four.
The game seesawed back and forth with neither team able to gain enough advantage to take the win until the Bruins' Alaura Marrington served the game winner that the Panthers were unable to return.
"We pulled it out in the end and that's what matters" Reynolds said. "I'm so proud of the entire team."
The win marks the first time the Bruins have opened the season with a victory against McKinleyville and Head Coach Lori Cooper was excited by where the team is headed.
"They're playing so much better than I hoped for early in the season," she said. "This is a good 'w,' I'm glad we got the first victory."
While Cooper was pleased with her team, she freely admitted that they had some things to work on.
"They (McKinleyville) didn't hit very well," she said. "We're going to have to play better defense come Thursday."
The Bruins will host the Warriors of Del Norte High School on Thursday with the JV match at 5 p.m. and the varsity match scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.