Bruins beat Bobcats in hard-fought conference showdown | Southern Idaho High School Sports

TWIN FALLS — Few Great Basin Conference volleyball teams win a set against Twin Falls. Even fewer take the Bruins to five sets.

Burley overcame those odds and nearly upset Twin Falls Wednesday night at Twin Falls High School. The Bruins (6-0 in conference) prevailed 21-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-15, 15-9, but the Bobcats (4-2) showed they can compete with the perennial conference powerhouse.

“I was proud of them and how hard they played,” Burley coach Stephanie Shirley said. 


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Twin Falls’ Carly Gandolfo (9) celebrates a point with her team during conference play against Burley Wednesday night, Sept. 27, 2017, at Twin Falls High School.


DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS

In last year’s Great Basin Conference championship, Burley beat Twin Falls 25-21 in the first set. It was the Bruins’ first, and only, set loss in conference that season.

Going into Thursday, Twin Falls had won all 15 sets against conference foes, including Burley. The Bruins beat the Bobcats 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 in Burley on September 5. 

That match, albeit a sweep, proved Burley could play with Twin Falls. Thursday’s match added evidence.

Just like the 2016 district title match, Burley took the first set 25-21.

After a 6-1 Burley lead to start the opening set, Twin Falls rallied late to cut the deficit to 21-20. But the…

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