The Bruins volleyball team began building a new program this year under their new head coach Lorinda Shew, while still experiencing some growing pains and adapting to the school’s new 3A league.

Showing some improvement over their season last year, the Bruins went 3-16 overall with a total 13 sets won to 47 lost across the season. When they wrapped up their final game on Oct. 16, they ended their season ranked No. 29 in the OSAA 3A rankings.

“I had a lot of fun watching the girls play and grow this season,” Shew said. “I’m proud. We really came a long way. I’ve been with most of the girls who were varsity this year for several years and now it seems like we’re ending a big chapter this season.”

Much of the Bruins season was spent practicing general skills and working to get the team more experience. Shew said one of her biggest goals for the season was to help the girls follow through and play with consistent energy levels throughout each set.

Two Bruins players were also recognized with league honors this year, with Mayce McCollum receiving second-team honors and Sanoe Fanene receiving an honorable mention. The team also found success in the classroom. They ended the season with a 3.52 GPA for the team, putting them in the top 15 in the state at the 3A level.

The team will say goodbye to five seniors this year as Kaylee Strain, Lexi Pacino, Lexi Pacino, Mayce McCullom and Destiney Lopez finish their final season.

“Ending the season is always bittersweet, but the girls this year were great to coach and fun to be around,” Shew said. “I hope they’ll go on to be leaders and role models at the school for the rest of the year.”

As the Bruins say goodbye to their seniors, next year shows promise with a large group of underclassmen moving up to from the junior varsity team. With potentially nine players moving up to the varsity level next year, the Bruins will almost double their numbers.