The Del Norte volleyball team jumped ahead early in all three sets against Brookings and held on for a 25-18, 25-15, 25-16 sweep on Monday in Thunen Gym.
The Warriors jumped out to a 10-1 lead over the Bruins in the first set, a 6-1 lead in the second set, and a 5-1 lead in the third set and managed to keep Brookings at arm’s length the entire match.
Brookings coach Lorinda Shew thought the Warriors provided a stiff early-season test once again for her Bruins.
“We play Del Norte every year, and they are always a strong competitor,” Shew said. “They always have great passing and great mechanics, and this time was no different.”
Although Del Norte took control of all three sets and never trailed in the match, the Bruins managed to put together a run or two in each game to keep the scores competitive.
Although the Bruins were able to keep all three sets from getting out of hand, Del Norte came through in the end and finished each set with a kill.
“They were just refusing to give up,” Shew said. “They had some odd scrappy plays that they just had nothing to lose so they went for it. It paid off for them a few times. It was fun to watch the girls. They kept their spirits up regardless of the score, and that is actually one of our team goals. Even the girls on the bench were in it.”
Mayce McCollum led the Bruins in kills at four and aces at one, as well as tying for digs at five with Sanoe Fanene. Shelby Dirsa led in setting with nine assists. The Bruins went blockless this game.
“Serve-receive has been our nemesis for years now, but I thought the serve-receive looked pretty good most of the time. We did lose the serve at key times, that always hurts, but all in all I was happy with the progress,” Shew said. “We have been up and down with injuries for the beginning of the season and we are just getting them back, so it was fun to see them gelling.”
The Bruins next game will be on Thursday when they host Cascade Christian at 6:30 p.m., which will be their first league game of the season.
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