HELENA -- In the second installment of the Helena crosstown volleyball rivalry this season, the Helena Capital Bruins put away the Helena High Bengals in straight sets on Thursday night.
The Capital Bruins came out firing on all cylinders, winning the first and second sets with ease behind 25 combined kills by Paige and Dani Barstch.
The Bruins appeared to be on cruise control well into the third set, but the Bengals refused to go quietly. Down by 11, the Bengals fired back behind Emily Feller's 20 assists in the match to get within three points, 22-19. Despite the Bengals fighting back, the Bruins were able to grit out a 25-21 win in the third set to take down the match in straight sets.
Following the matchup, Helena Capital head coach Rebecca Cleveland was happy with the way her team was able to bounce back when Helena High came roaring back into the match.
"It was so much fun to see them compete at that level, and they stayed positive and encouraging with a high level of play. When Helena High had a couple of runs on us, we didn't sweat it and just kept going and it was a lot of fun to see that," said Cleveland.
The Helena Capital Bruins will now have a few days before they welcome the Missoula Sentinel Spartans on Oct. 22, and the Helena High Bengals will host the Missoula Big Sky Eagles also on Oct. 22.