Local Roundup " Miners regroup to silence Thunder in four
Squaring off with the top threat to their run at another Sierra Foothill League championship, Nevada Union’s varsity volleyball team weathered a bit of the storm in game one and rallied back to quiet the Thunder of Rocklin 3-1 Tuesday.
Nevada Union (25-4 overall, 5-0 SFL) pulled out the match 21-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 28-26.
“We fell behind 9-3 in the first game on kind of some funny plays and errors,” NU coach Bob Rogers said. “We were too worried. (Rocklin) was playing well, but they weren’t hitting hard balls to the floor.”
A large part of that might have been the defensive play of the Miners. Sarah McAtee and Alexis Moser each totaled 32 digs in the match, while Christian Woodruff had 25 digs.
Nevada Union took a 22-16 lead in game four, but back the Thunder (24-5, 5-1) came, taking advantage of some NU errors.
“We almost blew it,” Rogers said of game four. “We hit a couple of balls out, got aced, got blocked and all the sudden it was 22-20, or 22-21. It was a real battle from there.
“What’s bothersome is we’re scoring too much for the other team on hitting errors, really.”
Rocklin took a 26-25 lead, but Kylie Miraldi landed a kill, McAtee scored another and Caroline Reeves served up an ace down the right sideline to seal the win.
Miraldi and Woodruff led the Miners with 15 kills each, while McAtee had 11 kills.
Nevada Union celebrated “Pink Night,” wearing pink T-shirts and hair ribbons in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donations benefitting the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s cancer center totaled $530 Tuesday night. Local company Telestream has agreed to match the funds, making the total amount raised $1,060.
The team also presented Kim Carnahan, a one-year cancer survivor and the mother of NU junior Paige Carnahan, with pink roses prior to the match.
Nevada Union travels to Roseville on Thursday.
JV: Forest Lake 2, Foresthill 1
The Falcons’ junior varsity team dropped the first of three games against Foresthill Tuesday, but FLC came back for a 22-25, 26-24, 15-10 victory.
Christa Weisman had an all-around strong game, while Amanda Timmerman led the team in serving.
FLC improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the Central Valley Christian League.
Nevada Union 8, Roseville 1
Brittanie Miller’s return to the Miners highlighted an afternoon that saw Nevada Union score its second Sierra Foothill League victory Tuesday with an 8-1 win over host Roseville.
Miller, who returned after being sideline for nearly two weeks with a knee injury, won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. She was followed by her sister, Jaimie Miller, who won 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot.
Kayla Allen won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, while Sofia Dotto was a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 winner at No. 4 singles. Maddie Messer fell 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5, but Calynn Stanford was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 6 singles.
“Getting Brittanie back with us at No. 1 was great,” said NU coach Mike Blake. “She looked pretty sharp for having been off for a week and a half. It was nice to have the whole team back together.
“The highlight for us was having all three doubles team winning. That’s a great thing for us.”
Hayley Zucca and Molly Seller scored a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles. April DeMartini and Hayley Croft won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles and Brittany Blake and Dana Bowen were 6-2, 6-3 winners at the No. 3 spot.
Julianne Spiegel and Justine Torro also won an exhibition match, 6-3, 7-5, for the Miners Tuesday.
Del Oro 252, Nevada Union 296
Christina Miller shot a career-best round of 42 at Alta Sierra Country Club Tuesday to take medalist honors for the sixth straight time in dual meet play, but the Miners fell short of Del Oro 252-296 in Sierra Foothill League action.
Victoria McKenzie shot a 54 for the Miners.
Bear River 283, El Dorado 309
El Dorado’s Kenzie Weinhold shot a low round of 45 at the par 36 Cold Springs Golf Course Tuesday, earning medalist honors, but the Bruins downed El Dorado 283-309 in Pioneer Valley League team scoring.
Hannah Brown shot a team best 47 for the Bruins, while Ashlee Andrews shot 48. Emilie Yonan had a 57, Lucy Corippo a 59, Sierra Pruss a 62 and Stephanie Wong a 65.
Bear River (5-0) faces Lincoln Thursday at Turkey Creek.
Boys: Del Oro 10, Nevada Union 8
In a back-and-forth battle, Nevada Union fell short of visiting Del Oro in a Sierra Foothill League shootout Tuesday.
NU took a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and held a 5-4 edge at the half, but the match was tied twice in the second half, before Del Oro scored twice in the final two minutes.
“It was tough loss,” said NU coach John Sultan, “but it was a great game. They made the most of their opportunities at the end.”
Colin Chambers had three goals for the Miners, while Elitt Golnik and Pat Wood each had two goals. Colton Fagundes also scored for the Miners.
Will Glad kept the Miners close throughout the match, recording 16 saves.
Nevada Union (9-7 overall, 2-3 SFL) travels to Woodcreek Thursday.
JV: Del Oro 18, Nevada Union 4
The Miners got goals from Trey Herbert, Tom Kotowski, Anders Price and Phillip Vosser, but it wasn’t enough to stay with the Golden Eagles in an 18-4 loss for NU’s junior varsity, which fell to 1-4 in the SFL.
Girls: Del Oro 16, Nevada Union 11
After trailing 13-2 at the half, Nevada Union regrouped to make a match of it Tuesday against Del Oro.
The Miners were led by three goals from Chloe Sherry and Alicia Dupont, while Molly Wooden and Amanda Ratto each scored twice. Justina Dunne also netted a goal for NU.
JV: Nevada Union 6, Del Oro 5
Taylor Bowen had four goals, while Ashley Harbor and Brianna McDowell also scored in the Nevada Union junior varsity team’s victory.
Forest Lake Christian 6,
Sacramento Waldorf 1
Forest Lake dominated its Central Valley Christian League match with Sacramento Waldorf Tuesday, taking a 4-0 lead at the end of the first half.
“I told Ben Sparling (FLC’s leading scorer) that if we got up 6-0, I’d put him in goal,” said FLC coach Thad Kopec. “He scored three minutes into the second half and then we scored 13 minutes later.”
And then Sparling, who leads the Falcons with 19 goals on the season, got his wish to play goalkeeper.
Austin Maynard had three goals in the win, while Sparling had two assists to go along with two goals. Caleb O’Brien scored a goal and assisted on another, while Matt Rose and Ben Kopec each dished off an assist.
Andrei Yaholkovsky and Zach Rose drew praise from Kopec for the performance at defensive stopper and sweeper, respectively.
FLC (9-5-4, 3-0-1) hosts co-league leading Victory Christian Friday.
JV: Forest Lake 5, Marysville 1
The Falcons’ junior varsity moved to 5-0-1 in the Golden Empire League with a 5-1 win over Marysville Tuesday.
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