Bruins’ struggles continue

California hands Rock Bridge its third straight home loss.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:20 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

It was another frustrating night for the Rock Bridge volleyball team.

The Bruins again struggled with fundamental play Tuesday night at home in a 25-16, 25-13 loss to California.

“It was a bad game, I’ll say that much,” senior Ashley Schulte said. “I don’t think we can get it together yet. We don’t trust each other yet.”

Rock Bridge (4-7-2) lost its third straight home match.

The second game was a good example of how the season has gone for Rock Bridge. The Bruins benefited from two Pintos errors and opened a 5-3 lead.

After junior Corey Dunne’s kill gave the Bruins a 7-5 lead, Rock Bridge seemed to tighten up. The Bruins began to hit the ball out of bounds or get caught out of position. During one stretch, two serves fell in front of a Rock Bridge player for aces.

The Pintos went on an 11-1 run to take a 16-8 lead.

“They were just, I guess, mentally tougher than we were,” Schulte said. “They had a lot of momentum in what they were doing. We couldn’t stop them because we didn’t have any momentum ourselves.”

Rock Bridge fell behind 6-1 to start the first game, but climbed back in it late.

Schulte had a kill and Rock Bridge took advantage of two California errors off serves from senior Amy Oakes to make it 20-16, but that was as close as the Bruins would come.

Oakes committed a service error, and the Pintos took control from there, scoring the next five points to end the game.

Playing well in tight games has been a problem all year for the Bruins.

Senior Kadie Marler said she doesn’t see signs that the problem is going away.

“We get so frustrated, and we talk about it, and we’re ready; we’re out there and then one mistake and we get down,” Marler said.

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