With the winless season that the Brookings-Harbor volleyball team has had so far, it has been almost routine for the Bruins (0-10 overall, 0-5 Far West League) to be swept in straight sets. And that pattern continued against Marshfield Tuesday night at home, as the Pirates defeated the Bruins by scores of 25-5, 25-12 and 25-15.
In one of the most lopsided sets in recent memory, the Pirates (8-5 overall, 4-1 Far West League) were hardly contested by the Bruins as they jumped out to a 18-0 lead in the first, with a third of their points coming through service aces. The Bruins managed to end their drought and get on the board with two Pirate attack errors, but it proved negligible as the Pirates went to close out the set with two more service aces and a kill.
Despite the blowout loss in the first set, the Bruins were able to demonstrate a moderately improved effort in the second set. This time around the Bruins scored early on, courtesy of a Pirate service error and service ace by senior setter Mayce McCollum to trail 2-3. Marshfield responded in turn with a 4-0 that included two Bruin attack errors, a block, and service ace give themselves a four-point cushion. The Bruins put a stop to the run with a kill off a free ball, and took turns siding out with the Pirates up till the 9-13 mark. That was competitive as the second set would be as the Pirates only allowed the Bruins to score three more points before securing a 2-0 match lead.
Any momentum the Bruins mustered in the second set was nowhere to be found at the beginning of the third set, as the Pirates scored the opening 11 points. The Bruins earned some points off of some Pirate attack and service errors, but still found themselves at a 19-4 deficit. After scoring five more points, the team found themselves at match-point at 24-9. The Bruins refused to go quietly however, as a kill by senior outside hitter Malia Leddy staved off the first match point. That kill ignited a run which saw the Bruins play scrappy defense and repeatedly force the Pirates to commit attack of ball-handling errors. After saving six match points however, the Bruins finally conceded the match off a Pirate kill.
The Bruins have now gone nine matches without a single set.
The Bruins return to action on Thursday when they travel to Douglas for their sixth conference game. First serve is at 6:30 p.m.