Miners work passing for win
By all accounts, Nevada Union’s volleyball team passed right past Bear River Wednesday night.
Like a well-oiled machine, NU used a strong passing performance to post a straight game 15-6, 15-8, 15-11 victory over Bear River at the House of Pain.
NU improved to 17-2 overall, while Bear River drops to 7-5. The victory is the Miners’ second over Bear River this season, with the first encounter going four games.
“We played a lot better (tonight),” NU’s Tucker Thiesing said. “We passed better, we hit well and tipped. Our serving was great, but our passing was good enough to keep us going. It was a lot easier than the last time.”
Thiesing contributed five blocks, and added two aces on serve for the Miners Wednesday. Miles Holland had 10 kills, Russel Nuffer added seven kills and three blocks, and Peter Sewell had six kills and four blocks in the victory.
Bear River was led by Jeff Duran, who had seven kills, and Jon Goode, who added six. Ryan Weider had four kills, setter Josh Bollen had 21 assists, and Tim Waechter added four blocks and three kills.
“Our serving was lot better than the first time we played them,” Waechter said, “but our passing was probably worse. The third game we started to get going and improved, but NU is the best team around.”
NU jumped out early in each of the first two games, jumping to an 11-2 start in the first game, and an 8-1 lead in the second. The Bruins closed the second game to 8-6 behind kills by Duran and Waechter, but the Miners responded with key kills by Sewell, and three-point service runs by Holland and Mike Feagans.
The Miners closed out the second game on a Holland block of a Duran attempted kill.
“It just didn’t seem like we were making the plays,” Bear River coach Gary Wiberg said. “We had ruts of three or four points where we were just killing ourselves, bombing balls out, or the setting would be bad, or passes would be going over the net on us.”
With NU ahead 1-0 in the third game, the teams battled through nine straight side outs before another point was scored. The Bruins built a 5-2 lead, but the Miners eventually came back to take the lead on a three-point service run by Holland.
Bear River closed a Miner lead to 11-10 on Duran’s serve, but the Miners rallied to close out the match on Nuffer’s serve.
“I think our group played very well, but I know we can play better,” NU coach Bruce Grininger said. “We are going to take the whole next week off and rest.”
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