GPS volleyball coach Paul Brock is quick to tell you that his Bruisers can play with anyone on any given day.
The Bruisers had a big weekend as they claimed three wins in region play, defeating Father Ryan 3-2 on Friday night before adding big wins over Ensworth and Battle Ground Academy on Saturday.
GPS beat two-time defending D-II state champ Ensworth by a 3-1 final on Saturday morning before coming back to claim a tense 3-2 win over BGA on Saturday afternoon.
GPS took the first set from Ensworth by a 25-23 final before the Lady Tigers prevailed in the second set, 26-24. GPS then won the final two by scores of 25-22 and 26-24.
"This is the first time we've beaten Ensworth in three years," said Brock afterward.
"Our girls really stepped up. Ensworth kept building nice leads, but we kept battling back. Our serve receive wasn't very good in the second set, but we got better as the match went on.
"Making them realize how good they are is a tough job for me as we've played not to lose in the past. We have a ton of talent on this team and I feel like we can beat anybody on any given day. We're also capable of losing to anyone the same way.
"When we're in the right mindset, I feel like we can play with anyone," Brock added.
BGA came into its match with GPS with a 22-6 record and a 6-3 mark in region play.
The Lady Wildcats took GPS to five sets, but the Bruisers led from the opening serve in the fifth set and eventually won 15-13 on a kill by Sadie Lett.
GPS won the first and third sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-23 while BGA won sets two and four by scores of 25-13 and 25-15.
"BGA has a very good team and this is the first time in four years we've beaten them," Brock admitted afterward.
"They have some really strong hitters up front, but we did a good job of controlling their spikes. Our blocks slowed down a lot of balls and gave us a lot of scoring opportunities.
"Reagan Williams did a super job of setting up our offense, but we stepped up our net game this weekend. It's been a great two days for GPS volleyball, but it will come down to us and Baylor to see how the seeds for the tournament are determined," Brock added.
Lett has been the leader for GPS all season and that was certainly the case again on Saturday.
After recording 21 kills and 15 assists in the opener against Ensworth, she played an even bigger role against BGA with a triple-double, finishing with 29 kills, 23 assists and 27 digs. She also had four aces.
Williams finished with 28 assists and 13 digs against BGA after recording 21 assists and 13 digs against Ensworth.
GPS STATS AGAINST ENSWORTH:
Caroline Vance -- 5 digs, 1 ace;
Destinee Lansden -- 4 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig;
Kelby Crownover -- 2 aces, 27 digs;
Kristen Warren -- 9 digs;
Olivia Berger -- 9 kills, 2 aces, 10 digs, 2 blocks;
Reagan Williams -- 3 kills, 1 ace, 21 assists, 13 digs;
Sadie Lett -- 21 kills, 15 assists, 7 digs, 1 ace;
Sara Griffith -- 6 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace, 2 digs;
Sarah Hicks -- 1 kill, 2 blocks;
Tianna Mills -- 2 kills, 4 blocks.
GPS STATS AGAINST BGA:
Caroline Vance -- 1 ace, 8 digs;
Destinee Lansden -- 8 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs;
Kelby Crownover -- 33 digs, 1 ace;
Kristen Warren -- 1 ace, 6 digs;
Olivia Berger -- 15 kills, 16 digs, 4 blocks, 2 aces;
Rachel Celestine -- 1 block;
Reagan Williams -- 28 assists, 13 digs, 3 aces;
Sadie Lett -- 29 kills, 23 assists, 27 digs, 4 aces;
Sara Griffith -- 9 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace;
Sarah Hicks -- 4 blocks, 1 kill;
Tianna Mills -- 3 kills, 6 blocks.
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