Nevada Union sophomore is All-State selection
Anyone who followed the Nevada Union girls volleyball team this past season has seen what Ali Daley can do on the court.
The 6-foot sophomore outside hitter was a force on offense – whether it be on attack or from the service line – and on defense as the Lady Miners cruised first through the regular season and then the playoffs to win NU’s first-ever section title.
“She did a fabulous job for us this year,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said. “Everybody looks at her as just a hitter, but she could serve, pass and block (with the best). She’s an all-around great player.”
Daley, who was named the Metro Conference Most Valuable Player this season, has now splashed onto the state scene, being named to the CalHi-sports.com All-State third team.
“I was pretty surprised. I had no idea,” she said. “It’s a great honor, but I know I need to use this to work harder and get better.”
Not bad for a kid whose first varsity season ended before it began.
It was during an early season match last fall when she crumbled to the floor, writhing in pain, after a routine play.
She was carried off of the court with a broken leg.
“That made me want to work even harder to get back this year, because I knew I was going to be behind,” she said.
Daley’s work in the off-season paid off to the tune of a team-high 352 kills.
She also played key roles in NU’s three-game win over perennial power St.Mary’s (Stockton) in the section title match and in the Lady Miners’ NorCal first-round win over Analy (Sebastopol).
NU’s playoff run ended with a four game loss to the then-No.1 ranked team in the nation, St.Francis (Mountain View), but Daley still put her stamp on the match with a team-high 15 kills.
“She had a great day against St. Francis. They couldn’t stop her,” Rogers said.
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.