Nevada Union sophomore is All-State selection |

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 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.

It worked.

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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