NU bounced by Rodriguez |

NU bounced by Rodriguez

The Lady Miners’ return to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls volleyball playoffs was short-lived as they fell in the first round in three sets at No. 7 seed Rodriguez (Fairfield), 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.

“Everything came down to the wire,” NU head coach Marco Salcedo said. “It was all right there, then they would hit — boom, boom — but it was a great match all the way through.”

Leading Nevada Union was senior Emily Segel with 12 kills. Junior Amanda Roberts finished with nine kills and 13 digs, and seniors Hannah Bryant and Melanie O’Brien each chipped in five kills.

“The best part about tonight’s match was they never gave up,” Salcedo said of his team. “They just kept pushing and pushing. (Rodriguez) would get a big hit, and we would come back with a big hit. I’m very, very proud of the effort.”

The Lady Miners (17-18) made their return to the playoffs after a four year absence by placing fourth in the Sierra Foothill League.

“Our main goal was to make playoffs, and we did that,” Salcedo said. “It was a roller coaster season where some tournaments we finished dead last and others we were in the championship game.

“We had so much adversity that this season could have gone in either way, but I’m very happy we accomplished our goal.”

The Lady Miners will say goodbye to departing seniors Segel, O’Brien, Bryant, Sydney Porter, Lauren Mickel, Ella Corbett and Lindsay Meyer.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or byphone at 530-477-4232. deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.

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