Local Roundup: NU wins Super 8 tourney
Five teams lined up. Five teams went down.
Nevada Union’s girls volleyball team took its hot streak to the Super Eight volleyball tournament hosted by St. Francis (Sacramento) high school and beat five straight opponents to win it all.
The team faced off against El Dorado, Union Mine and Yuba City in pool play before taking on Golden Sierra in the tournament playoffs and then St. Francis in the final.
But by no means was the tournament a cake walk for the Miners. The team had to forge on without starting setter Caroline Reeves who was attending a wedding.
Kendal Butterfield and Kristin Dahle substituted for her but the Miners found out early
that setting was not the issue.
Against Union Mine, the the Miners dropped the second game of the match 25-19 and coach Bob Rogers decided there needed to be a change.
“We needed a lineup change to improve our blocking,” Rogers said.
The Miners put more height in their next match against Yuba City but the initial change of rotation disoriented the players. The Miners took the first game in that match 25-22 but lost the second 27-25. They ended up beating them 15-13, in the tournament’s best of three format.
But as the players became more comfortable with the lineup changes, they played much better. Taylor Japhet and Kylie Miraldi blocked well and the Butterfield and
Dahle were good substitute servers, Rogers said.
The Miners beat Golden Sierra 25-21, 25-15 and then beat St. Francis, in what Rogers called the toughest match, 25-22 and 25-20.
NU (33-4 overall) hosts Oakmont on Tuesday.
FLC is co-champions
Forest Lake Christian’s volleyball team is officially the No. 1 school of the Central Valley Christian League.
The Falcons ended the season with an 8-2 record, tied with Vacaville Christian as co-champions in the league. But because VC has 325 kids attending its school now, the team was moved up to Division IV competition for the playoffs. FLC currently has
298 kids enrolled.
The Falcons will enjoy home court advantage in the playoffs, playing their first match Nov. 6.
JV: FLC sits alone
The junior varsity Falcons won the Sierra Foothill league crown, finishing the season 9-1. The season truly was a race to the finish, with second place Vacaville Christian ending the year at 8-2.
FROSH: BR 15, Mesa Verde 0
Through rain and mud, the Bruins’ frosh football team came out on top Thursday,
beating Mesa Verde 15-0.
The Bruins opened the game strong with Cory Pierce returning the opening kickoff 45 yards to give Bear River good field position. Sean O’Brien scampered in a 14-yard touchdown run on the very same series.
But it was the play of the defense that was the highlight, holding the Mesa Verde to 58 yards on the ground and 26 in the air. Of Mesa Verde’s 22 rush attempts, the team only made positive yardage on 10 tries.
Keaton Mendonca booted a few coffin punts to keep Mesa Verde in bad field position.
Sam Houston scored the game’s second touchdown on a 1-yard blast in the fourth quarter.
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