Volleyball: Bears win close games to sweep Eagles
BERTHA -- The New York Mills volleyball team dropped their second Park Region Conference losing 3-0 to Bertha-Hewitt on the road in three very close sets.
The Eagles led most of the way to start the match but the Bears concluded a steady comeback to take the first set 25-22.
"We are happy with our playing, especially after Tuesday," Head Coach Angela Paavola said.
Tuesday's match saw the Eagles lose to Barnesville in a match New York Mills totaled only 38 points in the three-set sweep by the Trojans.
Bertha-Hewitt won the second set by an identical score to the first, 25-22, and completed the sweep of three games 25-21 in the third set.
"Great games, very close," Paavola said. "Great games for us mentally and we made many plays and tried some new things and just hustled and played well."
The Eagles serve receive, which had been of concern in the past few games, was much improved against the Bears.
As a team, the Eagles were successful receiving serve 85 percent of the time, thanks, in large part, to Brooke Kupfer, who was 30 of 32.
Kupfer led the team with 18 digs in a strong night from the back row.
Kupfer was also 11 for 12 serving. Her missed serve was the first time she has made an error from the service line in nine games this season.
Ellie Rutten had 11 kills, four blocks and four assists.
New York Mills travels to Ulen Saturday at 9 a.m. for a tournament.
Pool play at the tournament includes a rematch with Barnesville, plus games versus Kittson County Central and Norman County West in a 10-team field.
The Eagles are 4-5 overall and 0-2 in Park Region play.