Miners making national noise
Call this week one of self-reflection for the Nevada Union varsity volleyball team, because once it has come to an end the Miners should know quite a bit more about themselves.
NU entertains each of the two Metro Conference teams that may have a shot at pulling off the upset of the season by knocking off the defending Division I NorCal State Champions. Though, of course, that shot seems to be very much an outside one at this point.
The Miners downed conference newcomer Granite Bay (3-4 overall, 1-1 Metro) in a 3-0 sweep Tuesday and will return to the court Thursday with a home match against Yuba City (9-2, 1-1).
The true test for the Miners, though, comes this weekend, as NU heads off to the annual 16-team Archbishop Mitty National Volleyball Invitational in San Jose.
“There are a lot of very, very good teams that will be there beside us and Mitty,” said NU head coach Bob Rogers. “I mean, we are the No. 5 seed in the tournament. They’ve got us playing some team from Nebraska, which I don’t think is flying out here to lose.”
Mitty, the defending Division II California State Champion, was ranked No. 2 in the country in last week’s PrepVolleyball.com national rankings and owns the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
“Mitty’s biggest test there might be unbeaten Nevada Union, state Div. I runner up a year ago,” a media release from PrepVolleyball.com stated.
Nevada Union was ranked No. 17 in the nation last week by the Web site.
“The Miners get a huge bump because of their two wins over Galena, which beat former No. 1 Mira Costa,” the site states. “The title at the Archbishop Mitty Invitational Oct. 2 would bump them up even more. Two freshmen are proving to be valuable reserves at NU: (middle hitter) Sarah McAtee and (outside hitter) Christian Woodruff, meaning the Miner era may continue post-Ali Daley.”
Also this week:
Bear River atop PVL – Bear River’s Bruins may have a 1-4 record outside Pioneer Valley League play, but the Bruins are a perfect 3-0 against PVL foes. Two more league matches are up this week – both at home – with West Campus visiting at 6:30 p.m. today and Mesa Verde arriving in South County on Monday.
League openers this week – Both the Bear River and Nevada Union football teams open league action this week. The Miners (2-1) host Metro Conference foe McClatchy (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while the Bruins (1-2) play host to Pioneer Valley League opponent Oakmont (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Bear River at Colfax – The Bruins (4-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 PVL) travel to Colfax to face the rival Falcons at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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