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.

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

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.

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