Bruins cruise to first win

Friday, September 5, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:14 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The new scoring system didn’t faze the Rock Bridge volleyball team as it took advantage of Mexico’s weaknesses Thursday.

The Bruins beat the Bulldogs 25-2, 25-12 at Rock Bridge to improve to 1-1at Rock Bridge.

The team worked well together and didn’t lose focus after its first-game win, Bruins coach Vicki Reimler said. It took advantage of its height to block the Bulldogs.

“Every team you play against is different,” she said. “Tonight we took advantage.” she said.

The Bruins scored five consecutive points to start the match, so the Bulldogs called a timeout.

It was 18-0 before the Bulldogs scored.

A point is scored on each volley in the new scoring system, regardless of which team is serving. Games are played to 25 points instead of 15.

The Bruins were coming off a loss to Jefferson City.

“It gave us a chance to get our confidence up and to redeem ourselves,” senior Kelsey Wilkinson said. “After losing to Jefferson City, we just needed to get our jitters out.”

There was some chemistry Thursday night that wasn’t present in Jefferson City, Reimler said.

“(Ashley) Selby did a great job setting,” Reimler said. “Without setting, it’s tough to make big plays; she deserves a lot of credit for that.”

Wilkinson wants to work on some fundamentals that she said could have changed some missed opportunities.

“We’re not bad at passing, but we need to work on it,” she said. “We all want to hit so bad, I think we forget how we get there.”

The next home game is the annual Rock Bridge Tournament on Sept. 13.

The varsity and junior varsity teams have won the tournament the past two years.

In past years, Reimler has taken teams to the trophy case and shows them the tournament trophies.

This year, she might not do that because team has set a goal to beat last year’s 18-7-1 record, Reimler said.

“These girls are self-motivated and want to be better than the year before,” Reimler said.

“I just need to give them the guidance to do that.”

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