September 30, 2008 11:00 pm
Senior Dani Olson serves an ace Tuesday in win over Lancers. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
Senior Dani Olson serves an ace Tuesday in win over Lancers. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).

By Chad Robert Snyder

Pilot staff writer

The lady volleyball Bruins played perhaps their best game of the season Tuesday night, crushing the South Umpqua Lancers in three straight sets; 26-24, 25-17, 27-25.

The first set was a contest, with the girls even trailing by four at one point. Shortly after they went on a run though, and momentum shifted to the Bruins.

After a few hotly contested points, they locked down the set win.

In the second set, the girls came off the bench on fire and hardly battled in the 25-17 victory.

The third set appeared to be more of the same, with the girls running away to a 15-4 lead.

Despite the Bruins' best efforts though, the Lancers mounted a comeback and rallied to a tie at 24-24. The points came hard from then on, past 25-25 and finally match point for the Bruins at 26-25.

With the crowd in breathless anticipation, the ball bounced harmlessly in front of a Lancer defender after a vicious Bruin attack, sealing the victory.

It was an impressive victory according to Head Coach Lori Copper.

"I'm pleased with their performance," she said. "I think we passed the ball better and it was nice to run a quick-set, finally."

A quick-set is a type of set that allows for a decisive attack at the net, another sign the team was playing cohesively, according to Cooper.

"The girls were ready to play today," Cooper said. "They worked well as a team and communicated, and everything will come together if you do that."