THOMAS — One consistent highlight of the 3A fifth district volleyball season has been the long time rivalry between Bear Lake and Snake River. Those two teams resumed that rivalry on Thursday evening at Snake River High School and when the dust had settled, it was the two time defending state champion Panthers who stood victorious as they downed Bear Lake in four games 25-5, 25-17, 18-25 and 25-16.
"I always like a win against Bear Lake because there have always been great games between us," Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden said. "We had a tough match mentally last night against Filer which carried over a little into tonight."
Snake River came out firing on all cylinders to begin Thursday nights affair as the Panthers could do no wrong in a blistering 25-5 win.
Snake River cooled a bit in the second and third games as service errors crept into their game, especially in the third game where Bear Lake were able to get on the board with their lone win of the night.
"Serving is a closed task," Coach VanOrden said. "You need to put a tiny white ball into a huge big court and we had 20 missed serves."
Despite that negative stat the Panthers were able to rebound from those miscues as they closed out the Bears pulling away in the fourth with a 25-16 victory.
After the contest Makena Shelley said, "I promise to get my serves in."
Shelley was a key cog in the Panther victory wheel on Thursday as she powered home 12 kills. Brylie Bair was her usual stellar self with 22 kills over the four games to go along with her 11 digs.
Hannah Murdock tallied 8 aces on the evening while collected 11 digs of her own and Kylee Orr knocked home 7 kills and dished out 44 assists in the conference win.
Shelley (19-6) will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to Marsh Valley looking for a regular season sweep of the Eagles.