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Miners dig in

Down 25-26 to Saint Francis in the fourth game of the Nevada Union girls volleyball contest Tuesday, the pressure was on the host Miners despite the fact that they were up two games to one.

It took the pressure off NU, though, when Ali Daley knocked in a kill and an ace, which eventually led to a two-point defeat of the Troubadours, and the end of the match, which the defending NorCal champions won 21-25, 25-15, 27-25, 28-26.

“I was just thinking, ‘Let’s get this game over with,'” Daley said.

It didn’t always look like NU could have its way, though.

The first game went to St. Francis after the Miners failed to keep it close following a tied game at 14.

Justine Schiele was the Troubadours’ solution to their troubles, as she served to four straight points to give her team the 18-14 edge.

NU shut down St. Francis in the second game; not letting the team that had beat them in the last four meetings at home get close.

Game three was similar until St. Francis quietly found its way back into it, but the Miners again prevailed, winning on a Stephanie Bayne serve.

With the help of Bayne’s skills from service, which earned her several streaks of more than three consecutive points won, NU was just able to fend off St. Francis through the night. Also doing her share serving was Amanda Benson, who in the third game led her team to an early 6-1 lead.

However the star of the game, as expected by most, was Daley.

She totaled a game-high 31 kills, and was also the leader in aces with four. Julie Wivholm was a distant second in kills with nine.

Daley admits it would not have been easy without her setter, Nicole Williams, who had 47 assists in the game to accompany her two aces.

For any who have seen her play, it is known that Daley’s kills give reason for calling them by that name. By the end of the game, St. Francis players could be heard asking for bags of ice.

Nobody could explain the inspiration behind Daley’s punishing play better than herself.

“You don’t want to lose,” she said.

The Miners have a chance to move themselves forward again Thursday when they host Johnson at 6:30 p.m.

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