Falcons earn a hard-fought sweep

Bear River defense makes it tough on Colfax, but Giles leads visitors to win
By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Writer
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LAKE OF THE PINES — Even though it was a sweep, it certainly wasn’t a blowout. Colfax High had the upper hand over host Bear River in a Pioneer Valley League girls volleyball match Tuesday night, winning 25-18, 30-28, 25-19 at Jack McCrory Gymnasium. Still, the Bruins (4-3 PVL, 10-7 overall) kept things close the entire way, particularly in the second game, when they took the lead a few times before the Falcons (7-1, 16-2) pulled away at the end. “Their defense was just relentless,” Colfax coach Vicki Satterlee said. “When they did get the ball at the net, they swung really hard and had some nice kills. They just wouldn’t go away.” “We’ve proved we can play with them all season,” Bear River coach Matt MacDonald said. “Both of our matches ended in three games, but that doesn’t tell the story of the back-and-forth between the two teams. “We have a defense-first philosophy, and they’re a little more about offense. In each of our matches their offense has been a little bit better than our defense.” Kayla Giles had a solid all-around game for Colfax, finishing with a game-high 16 kills, 17 digs and nine assists. The senior outside hitter made her presence especially felt late in the second game. With the Falcons trailing 24-23, Giles recorded a match-tying kill, then connected for three go-ahead points as Bear River kept tying things up to prevent the Falcons from getting the two-point advantage needed to secure a victory. Another Giles kill finally put the Bruins away. “We changed our game around to the tip game, then went back to our natural game of swinging hard,” Satterlee said. “Kayla definitely came on strong at the end.” “Between games one and two we made some decent adjustments,” MacDonald said. “They countered and made some real good adjustments. They started hitting more off-speed shots at us toward the end.” Senior middle blocker Jocelyn Fry led Bear River with 10 kills. Senior setter Melanie Fry, who is Jocelyn’s twin sister, finished with 25 assists for the Bruins. Junior Cassandra Campbell was second on the Falcons in kills with 10, followed by fellow middle blocker Hannah Baldwin, who had seven kills and two blocks. Senior libero Kelsey Lamb finished with 13 digs, and outside hitter Chanel Filteau, also a senior, had nine. What especially pleased Satterlee is that her team, which captured its first tournament title in three years over the weekend at the Carmichael Tournament, is finally learning to close out teams. “When you let teams get past that third game, you get in trouble,” she said. “I was very impressed with the girls tonight,” Satterlee said. “They stayed strong all night long, even when they got down a point. They played explosive volleyball.”