BRAWLEY – The Brawley Wildcats hosted their fourth straight home game Thursday night against the defending IVL champions, Southwest Eagles, in a battle of two teams who were undefeated in IVL play.
Â Both teams had been playing heads and shoulders above their IVL competition with neither team dropping a game in any match in IVL play all season.Â
On paper this match had all the makings of a â€œbarn-burnerâ€, a closely contested, back and forth, evenly matched meeting of the last two teams to win an IVL title.Â It was not to be as Brawley put on a clinic and dominated the match, winning in straight sets on scores of 25-16, 25-14, and 25-19.
The first game started with back and forth action, with neither team jumping ahead by more than a few points.Â Down 8-10 the Wildcats pounced to a 9-1 run and 17-11 lead in the game.Â The Eagles could not overcome the run, or gain any of the momentum back from the Wildcats, leading to an eventual Wildcat victory 25-16.
In game two, Brawley came out firing, jumping out to a 5-0 lead.Â Southwest countered with its own five point run to even the score at 5-5.Â As in another game that was closely contested early, the Wildcats again rallied at the midway point for a 13-2 run that the Eagles again could not come back from.Â
A game two final score of 25-14 had the Wildcatsâ€™ just one win away from a 3 game sweep of the match.
Game 3 was all Wildcats as they again jumped out to 5-0 lead, and this time never looked back.Â A 25-19 victory ended the night with a surprisingly dominant victory for the Wildcats, who still have yet to drop a match in an IVL match this year.
â€œWe took advantage of certain points of the game and we had big runs and they were never able to really recover from those big runs,â€ said Coach Phil Finnell after the home win.Â â€œReally proud of the team, really proud of all the players,â€
The Wildcats are now 9-10 on the season overall, 4-0 in IVL, and will be at Holtville next Tuesday.