Miners bounce back vs. Rio Linda
Coming off a rare three-game loss to Chico on Friday, Nevada Union’s varsity volleyball team vowed to bounce back with a strong performance Monday night against Capital Valley League foe Rio Linda.
The Miners didn’t disappoint, as NU turned away a talented Knights team in three games, 25-23, 25-10, 26-24.
“That keeps us undefeated in league,” said NU coach Kelly Rhoden. “Coming off that loss, they were determined to win (Monday).”
The Miners moved to 6-0 in CVL play thanks largely to the hitting attack up front, which saw three NU players produce in big ways. Graham Davis and Marcus McCrary each hammered home eight kills, while Vince Cancilla added seven more. Sam Hochwald also offered strong play at the net, coming up with five blocks in the win.
Davis, Rhoden said, had one stretch of 11 straight serves for points in the second game.
The Miners (7-3 overall), who fell at Chico 21-25, 19-25, 19-25 on Friday, head back to Chico on Wednesday, this time for a match against Pleasant Valley. On Friday, NU will serve into play against a team of Nevada Union faculty members – including the Miners coach – in a 3 p.m. friendly match.
Forest Lake Christian 12, Foresthill 2
Forest Lake Christian scored four runs in the first inning against Foresthill to power on for a 12-2 win Monday.
Senior Mike Weiss went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, hitting a two-run home run and totaling 6 RBIs on the day. First baseman Joe Martin was 3-for-3 as well, with a double and 2 RBIs. Senior center fielder Grant Marple was the team’s other big hitter going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.
Freshman pitcher Corbin Phillips got the win giving up just one hit and no runs in two innings of work.
The Falcons (7-3, 3-0) host Sacramento Waldorf at 4 p.m. today.
Bear River 6, Golden Sierra 3
Bear River scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good in a 6-3 win against Golden Sierra Monday.
Ryan Giacomini led off the inning with a single, followed by another single off the bat of Matt Hilton. After executing a double steal, Anthony Welz hit an RBI single to score Giacomini. With two outs left in the inning, Steve Sitter also hit an RBI single.
Matt Miraldi got the win for the Bruins after coming in during the fourth inning to relieve starter Tyler French. Miraldi gave up one run on five hits while tallying three strikeouts in two and 2/3 innings of work.
Welz went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, French went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Hilton went 2-for-4 and Marshall Jeffers went 2-for-2.
The Bruins (7-6, 1-2) travel to Mesa Verde Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
Nevada Union second at Metro
Nevada Union put itself 16 strokes closer to qualifying for the sub-section tournament after finishing in second place at the second stop of the Metro Conference tournament series held at Granite Bay Country Club Monday.
Granite Bay finished with a 391 with the Miners coming in with 402 strokes and Yuba City taking third with 418 strokes.
Only the top two teams in the conference qualify for the sub-section tournament and the Miners are still 29 strokes behind second-place Yuba City. Nevada Union does, however, host the third Metro Conference tournament next Monday at Alta Sierra County Club and hopes to pick up more strokes on its own course.
Eric Flores finished with a 75 for the Miners, as Gavin Butcher and Andrew Grizzell each turned in a 79. Justin Johnson shot an 83 and D.J. Milligan rounded out the scoring with a 86.
Forest Lake Christian 226, Wilton Christian 292
The Forest Lake Christian team golf team shot itself to an easy victory over Wilton Christian Monday, winning by 66 strokes at the par 33 Emerald Lakes in Elk Grove.
Earning medalist honors was senior Jeff Pulliam with a 34. Jeremy Brown came in with a 41, followed by Chase Alexander’s 49. Senior Ian Shore and Jonathan Phenix followed with scores of 52 and 50, respectively.
The Falcons hit the links again today at DarkHorse Golf Club and will host Victory Christian with a 3:30 p.m. tee time.
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