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Bruins deny a David Douglas comeback in the middle set to claim their first league win

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Barlows Jessie Matthews gets in position to bump a ball in the front row during the Bruins three-set sweep over David Douglas on Wednesday.

MHC match

Team Score
Barlow (25, 25, 25)
David Douglas (11, 23, 13)

PORTLAND — Barlow's volleyball team survived a wild second set to score a sweep at David Douglas on Wednesday night.

After running away with the first set 25-11, it looked to be more of the same as the Bruins got out to a quick 8-2 lead in the second. Libero Emma Corvese came up with a run of four points, hitting three serves that the Scots could not get back over the net.

The Bruins expanded their lead to 15-7 after Grace Lam Tiang sent a winner down the line, and Samantha Pemberton knocked a serve that dived down in the middle of the Scots' court.

But David Douglas battled back with Alexis Tomey serving out a five-point surge, and the Scots would pull even at 15, shortly after Evelin Diaz banged a kill off a Barlow block.

The score would be tied six times down the stretch with David Douglas pushing ahead 22-21 after Alyssa Ashe converted a misdirection tip from the left side.

Barlow responded by winning four of the next five points to claim a two sets to none stranglehold on the match.

Lesi Sam subbed into the rotation and hit a pair of timely aces to bring up set point, and Barlow closed out the set with a perfect bump, set, kill combination from Emory Miller, Pemberton and Abbey Frame.

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