Bear River volleyball wins TOC |

Bear River volleyball wins TOC

Bear River volleyball coach Gary Wiberg believes his Bruins are hitting the peak performance at the right time.

Like now.

Bear River not only competed in Saturday’s Tournament of Champions at Natomas High School, they clearly played like the cream of the crop.

The Bruins, behind strong play at the net, and numerous assists by Josh Bollen, won the championship, and did so by defeating each of their five opponents.

In fact, the Bruins so completely dominated, only their opening match against Ripon went the distance in the best-of-3 format used at Natomas.

“We seem to be playing better and better, which is great,” Wiberg said of his squad. “It is satisfying, because it makes you feel that all of the hard work put in at practice is really paying off.”

After a three-game match with Ripon, Bear River picked up momentum, disposing of Florin and Woodland to win its pool and advance to the single elimination finals.

In the semifinals, Bear River defeated Christian Brothers 15-8, 15-8, and in the finals, defeated Elk Grove, 15-10, 15-6.

Senior John Good led the Bruins in kills with 33, followed by Jeff Duran (31) and Ryan Weidert, who had 19 blocks to go with his 18 kills.

Bollen added 101 assists, while Corey for the Bruins who improved their overall record to 22-10.

NU baseball defeats Rio Americano

The Miners rode five doubles and a strong pitching performance by sophomore Jared Van Matre to a 3-1 Capital Athletic League win over the Raiders Saturday.

With the win, Nevada Union improves to 13-12 overall, 9-9 in the CAL.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning, the Miners picked up three runs to give Van Matre all the run support he would need.

Catcher Evelio Fleitas went 2-for-3 Saturday, with two doubles and an RBI. Teammate Justin Deme had two hits, one a double, and an RBI. Jason Gillard contributed a double and an RBI, and Chris Brown added a double. Cody Godfrey, who had two hits Thursday, added another hit on Saturday for the Miners.

With the win, Van Matre improves his record on the hill to 1-2. Gary Daley, who pitched the 7th inning, earned his first save of the season.

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