"I'm not disappointed at all," Herrick said. "There were several good things that went on out there tonight. I'm proud of our girls. There wasn't one ounce of quit in them."
Herrick to moved to Bountiful from Carbon County where he was an assistant volleyball coach on a team that captured a state title and was runner-up on three occasions.
After dropping the first games of the match, the Braves fought back from a 15-5 deficit to take the third game and then forced the Lakers to the brink of a fifth and decisive game.
"The girls are getting a better mental approach to the game," Herrick said. "Bonneville is a very good, experienced team and we fought and fought."
In the third game, Bountiful jumped out to a 2-0 lead, then fell behind 5-3 and played catch up for the remainder of the contest, closing the gap to one point on nine occasions. The Lakers finally took its 21-20 lead and extended it to 24-21 before Bountiful made one last surge to cut the game to 24-22.
Brittany Kelly and Brook Foster each finished the game with five kills while Caitlin Hibbert picked up 36 perfect sets and Lindsay Parkin completed 18 perfect passes. Annie Salmon led the Braves in serving with six aces.
"We are showing signs of putting things together," Herrick said. "I was very pleased with our passing and defensive effort.
"Teams that can do those two things are teams that will win.