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BruiNation: Bear River volleyball tops Colfax in straight sets to open PVL

By: Jeremy McDonald / Special to the Journal
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LAKE OF THE PINES —There was electricity in the air at Jack R. McCrory Gym for the start of Pioneer Valley League play Tuesday night when Colfax visited Bear River High.
Through the noise of the Bruins’ student body and the cheering of the Lady Falcons’ junior varsity squad, Bear River picked up some momentum to sweep Colfax in straight sets to start the PVL volleyball season.
“We haven’t been at home for a month. We have been on the road for a while now,” said Lady Bruins coach Matt MacDonald.  “I think we had nerves in the first set, but then I felt like we started to get into doing what we do.  We got a couple big kills by Kaely (Rath) and Ashley (Albee) and it changed the tide a little bit and we started to play better.”
It looked like it could be easy work for Bear River when it jumped out to a 9-4 start with help from Rath and Albee.
But down 14-8, the Lady Falcons rode an unbelievable 13-4 run to gain a 21-18 lead with momentum in hand.
The Lady Bruins showed they weren’t done just yet when they scored eight of the set’s final 12 points in a contested finish to win the first game 26-24.
“We played relatively sloppy in the first set,” said MacDonald, pointing toward net play and passing as factors.
The second set looked like a replica of the first set’s drag-out back-and-forth battling until a 10-2 run by Bear River gave the Lady Bruins a 17-8 lead over Colfax behind more strong play from Rath and Albee.
“We were trying to stay posed,” said Rath, who had 17 kills on the night, of the first and second sets.  “We played faster (in the third set), we played with a lot more energy and we played really well.”
The Lady Falcons tried to rally behind Katelin Duer, using a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to 22-16 in the second set.  But the deficit proved too much for Colfax to overcome and it dropped the game 25-16.
“The first set was OK,” said Colfax coach Mimi Scott. “We had 18 errors.  Our errors killed us. We made an adjustment in the second that really turned it around.  But at that point, (Bear River) kinda got some momentum.”
Colfax would jump out to a 5-2 lead early in the third set with the help of Duer again.  An 11-2 run by the Lady Bruins would be the difference-maker in the final frame as Bear River used its strengths to seal the sweep.
Bear River (8-6) is at Center Thursday, while Colfax (2-6) hosts Lincoln. Both contests start at 6 p.m.