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Miners spikers dominate

Nevada Union’s varsity volleyball team didn’t just take first place in the 36-team High Sierra Invitational volleyball tournament over the weekend at Galena High School in Reno.

The Miners owned the tourney, running off a 9-0 match record while dropping just two of the 20 total games they played against some of the top competition throughout California and Nevada.

“That was probably the biggest tournament win by a local team ever,” said NU head coach Bob Rogers, whose Miners limited opponents to 17 service aces in the nine matches, meaning NU allowed a mere 0.75 aces per game to hit the floor. “We want to score twice as many aces as our opponents.”

“We passed really well, too. Our objective is to get the ball directly to our setter 50 percent of the time and we were right at 49 percent. We played much better than we did (in last week’s two matches).”

In the semifinals, NU defeated St. Francis of Sacramento (19-25, 25-15, 15-9) – which Nevada Union will host again today – and met Galena again in the championship, which was won by NU (25-14, 25-16).

In pool play on Friday, NU went 3-0, including victories over defending champion Enterprise of Redding (25-15, 25-22) and host Galena (18-25, 25-19, 15-11), which recently won the prestigious Las Vegas Tournament.

On Saturday, NU beat McQueen of Reno (26-24, 25-7), Ponderosa of Shingle Springs (25-21, 25-12), Pleasant Valley of Chico (25-23, 25-20) and San Benito (25-5, 25-10) to advance to semifinals.

Nevada Union senior Ali Daley was named MVP of the tournament, after racking up 118 kills on a .356 hitting average. Rogers said he was disappointed that NU’s setter, Nicole Williams, didn’t make the all-tourney team, despite rolling up 236 assists over the weekend.

NU’s volleyball match originally scheduled at St. Francis today, will now be held in NU’s West Gym. The freshmen game will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV (about 5:30 p.m.) and the varsity about (6:45 p.m.).

Falcons sweep Faith

Forest Lake Christian’s varsity volleyball team swept visiting Faith Christian in three games, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15, Monday.

Senior Megan Wisniewski led the team in kills, said FLC head coach April Miraldi, while sophomore Torrey Haddad also played strong at the net, in both setting and hitting. Senior Jenna Blair and freshman Kyle Miraldi each also offered good play as setters.

The Falcons are back in action at 6 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Del Oro.

Cross country

Miners off to strong start

The Nevada Union Cross Country team opened its season by competing in the Rocklin Invitational at Johnson Spring Park in Rocklin Friday.

Senior Robin Carr paced the Miner boys varsity with a time of 18:25. The boys junior varsity race was won by the Miners, with a start-to-finish win for junior Andrew Primrose in 17:41. In the boys Frosh/Soph race, sophomore Jerry Lamar Barnett III led NU with a personal-best time of 12:00.

For NU’s varsity girls, senior Caitlin Schultheiss and junior Lucy McKirdy placed 17th and 18th, with identical times of 21:15. Liberty Herring, a junior, was fifth in the JV race at 24:26. Sophomore Hannah Harrison was fourth in the Frosh/Soph race in a time of 12:36, followed by Laura Rodrigues, a freshman in seventh in 13:01.

Nevada Union will compete in the first meet of the Metro Conference season series at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cal Expo. The Miners then will host the annual NU/Asics Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday at NUHS.

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