Grizzlies hold off Bears, sweep season series in volleyball
By Taylor Emerson sports writer
Ace-for-ace, kill-for-kill, point-for-point, it was classic Bear River and Logan volleyball down the stretch in Thursdayâs Region 11 matchup at Grizzly Den.
In the end, the Grizzlies were able to gut out a 3-2 victory (21-25, 26-24, 25-11, 21-25, 15-12) over the Bears, allowing Logan to sweep the season series.
âIt kills me as a coach to have these stressful games,â Logan head coach Jenn Ioane said. âSometimes I think, âMan, these kids are going to give me ulcers.â But it was all desire and grit. Some people are just born with it and some people arenât. Tonight, I had six players on that court that showed that they were born with it.â
The Bears (2-4 region play) were the first to rally, scoring four unanswered points out of the gate in the first set and finished by taking the 1-0 advantage, 25-21.
But that opening-set victory would turn out to be the Bearsâ only lead of the day. From then on, Logan (5-17, 3-3) took the second and third sets, 26-24 and 25-10.
The Bearsâ resilience was on full display as the visitors took the Grizzlies down to the wire in nail-biting fashion in the final game. The two teams battled back and forth, exchanging points on 10 consecutive rallies. At 5-5, the home team eked out a two-point lead, but Bear River stormed back to knot things up at 9-all.
Ultimately, it was two consecutive mistakes that cost Bear River the set, with one of them coming on match point, giving Logan the 15-12 win.
âWe knew it wouldnât be easy against these guys,â Logan senior Kierstie Yeates said. âWe had it in us tonight. I have never seen our team work so hard together. I am just so proud of us tonight.â
To their credit, in playing most the match on defense, the Bearsâ held their own with more than 35 digs and nine blocks. But in the eyes of Bear River head coach Alyssa Jensen, it was a case of missed opportunities for her squad.
âItâs hard to come up short like this, it always is,â Jensen said. âTo keep going long and never having quite enough is frustrating, but weâre getting better.â
The biggest blow for visitors was the loss of junior Kylah Braegger as she came down from a block attempt and injured her ankle at the end of the second set.
âSeeing something like that rattles everyone,â Ioane said. âEven from across the net my players were shook. You feel awful for her and I certainly hope she is OK.â
Now having swept Bear River on the season, Logan is tied with Ridgeline for third place, just behind Juan Diego and Morgan.
Logan will travel to Morgan on Tuesday to take on the undefeated Trojans at 6 p.m.