Anna Huber serves up seven straight points to lead the Gophers back
Barlow appeared ready to push rival Gresham to a final set Thursday night after taking command 20-13 in Game 4. But a timeout changed those plans, as Gophers coach Lori Cook spent a minute giving her team a physics lesson.
We talked about momentum, she said. We wanted to get back a small piece of that, and the girls came out and made some simple plays and it started swinging back our way.
Senior Abby Bryant did much of the swinging with a series of big hits that overwhelmed Barlows front line. She finished a seven-point spurt with a kill that deflected off a set of Barlow hands and flew out of bounds, putting the Gophers ahead 21-20.
Teammate Claire Palmiter got into the act down the stretch, putting up a pair of big blocks in the middle to bring up match point. The night ended with Barlow players clustered near the side post unable to return a ball that had fallen into the front row.
The win marked the end of a big week for the Gophers, who knocked off fellow playoff contender Reynolds in five sets a few days earlier. Gresham (4-2) is tied with St. Marys for second place in the league at the midpoint of the season.
We havent been playing our best volleyball, but I knew the kids would be excited for tonights match, Cook said. This was a big week for us we got our rhythm going again.
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