The Nevada Union volleyball team can cross off one of its early-season goals after claiming the Sierra Foothill League title Wednesday with a convincing straight-set victory over Woodcreek, 25-8, 25-8, 25-11, to conclude the league season.
At the beginning of the season, head coach Marco Salcedo said his team had hopes of winning the section, and that started with winning its own league.
With the Miners’ three-set victory, they conclude the SFL season with a record of 9-1, losing only to last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section champion Granite Bay. It is the first time in four years since NU has claimed the top spot in league play, according Salcedo.
In Wednesday’s match with Woodcreek, NU was led by Chandler Heppe and Bobby Curtis with six kills each, Gabe Saturnino added a pair of kills, Noah Fisher chipped in five digs, a kill and an ace, and David Matteo had two aces and two digs in the win.
NU will now prepare for the postseason, which gets started May 9.
Bear River 2 F/5 innings
The Bruins gave up seven runs to Colfax in the first inning and never recovered after that, losing to their Pioneer Valley League rival for the third time this season.
Bear River didn’t get its first hit until the fourth inning when Andrew Reiss reached with a base knock. Reiss would eventually score on a passed ball to breakup the shutout as well.
Tyler Toft added a hit and an RBI, John Burgess notched a hit, and Travis Anderson also had a single in the loss.
The Bruins (9-16, 4-9 PVL) have two more games left this season, facing Center Friday and then again Wednesday.
JV: Roseville 2,
Nevada Union 1 F/8 innings
Chris Sardo did about as good a job a pitcher can do Tuesday, throwing a one-hitter, but two NU errors in the bottom of the eighth inning cost the Miners the game.
Sardo beaned a batter in the first inning, and the runner scored on Roseville’s only hit of the game to making it 1-0. From there, Sardo’s performance was masterful as he didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.
In the fifth inning, the Miners struck with their only run, coming on a walk by Jordan Jiannino and a single by Clint Bielen that drove in Jiannino. Bielen stayed hot, going 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Miners are back at it again today when they host Roseville.
Forest Lake Christian 4,
The Lady Falcons tallied their sixth league win of the season Wednesday, taking down Delta by two goals.
Delta got on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 12th minute, but it wasn’t long before the Lady Falcons answered.
In the 20th minute, senior Makena Wong scored for FLC off an assist from freshman Sarah Jeffries. Junior Sarah Ponce put the Lady Falcons up 2-1 two minutes later and increased that lead to 3-1 with her second goal coming in the 25th minute. Ponce was assisted by Jeffries on her second goal. Jeffries then put the game out of reach in the 32nd minute with a goal of her own.
FLC (6-2-1 Central Valley Christian League) has one more league game today against Sacramento Waldorf before playoffs kick up.
Del Oro 10, Nevada Union 2
The Lady Miners are still in search of their first SFL win of the season after falling by eight Wednesday to Del Oro.
NU (5-17-1, 0-13 SFL) got hits from Sara Lundmark, Torri Parman, Sammy Nolen, Savannah Ozuna and Cheyanne Ramos in the loss.
The Lady Miners take the diamond again Friday against Roseville.
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