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Bear River volleyball sweeps Colfax in playoff

By: Gold Country News Service
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It was business as usual Thursday night for the Bear River Bruins girls volleyball team.
 
Using their strength at the net as an impetus, the host Bruins made easy work of Pioneer Valley League rival Colfax to advance to next Tuesday’s semifinal round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoffs.
 
The Bruins will host Sonora, a five-game winner over Hilmar, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the section final set for Nov. 15 at UC Davis.  
 
“We played pretty well from start to finish,” said Bear River coach Matt MacDonald of his team’s straight set 25-14, 25-13, 25-8 win over the Falcons. The win for the No. 2 seed Bruins was their third this season over their cross-river rivals.
 
Led by the front line work of Sara Schell, Kirsten Pereira and Teryn Rath, the Bruins built leads of 8-2 and 16-9 in the first game before pulling away. In the second game, Colfax stayed with the hosts to within 8-7 before the Bruins extended their margin to 16-11 and then closing with a 9-2 run.
 
In the deciding third game, Bear River jumped out to an 8-1 advantage and never looked back.
 
“They played flawless tonight,” said Colfax coach Vicky Satterlee. “Bear River’s defense was excellent. My hat’s off to them. They are playing very well right now.”
 
Leading the Bruins were Pereira and Schell with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Rath chipped in with six more, while Kaya Johnson dealt out 32 assists.
 
For Colfax, which had only one senior on the floor, Satterlee singled out the play of Maddie Ittner (seven kills), Sophie Satterlee (13 assists) and Stephanie Scott (five kills, five digs).