Last week's non-conference play against Olathe, Oct. 6, was anything but easy for 2A/1A WSL leader Cedaredge. The Pirates came out with their traditional trademark of hustle and determination as they looked to deal Cedaredge a loss.
A 25-23 win in the first set had the Bruins, and their fans, on their heels.
Cedaredge bounced back nicely in set two with a 25-19 win to tie things up at 1-1.
Kendall McHugh had four service-point stints in each of the first two sets, with the second effort in set two boosting Cedaredge's lead to 16-11 and an advantage that the Pirates would not overcome.
The two teams traded the lead several times in the early going of set three before Cedaredge gained a slight lead in the late stages and held on for a 25-18 win.
The Pirates were not ready to give up, however, and a great effort in set four yielded a 25-20 decision, tying the match at 2-2. Olathe had a seven-point run to take an 18-12 lead on its way to the win.
A seesaw battle in set five eventually went to the Bruins, 16-14, and enabled Cedaredge to win the match, 3-2.
The Bruins got key performances from several players in the win. McHugh notched eight aces and had 34 assists, and Nellie Freeman had four aces, 12 kills and 25 service receptions.
Other Bruins collecting high numbers included Hannah Gilmore's eight kills and nine service receptions; Lydia Knutson's five kills and Amber Jenkins' 14 service receptions.
Results from Cedaredge's match against Meeker on Oct. 10 were not available for release.
The Bruins' next court appearances include trips to Meeker, Collbran (Plateau Valley) and Paonia. Meeker's trip is on Oct. 16 with varsity action set for 5 p.m. Saturday's varsity match against Plateau Valley is set for 3 p.m.
The Paonia rematch is next week, Oct. 20, and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.