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NU girls rout Yuba City

Eileen JoyceNevada Union middle/outside hitter Ali Daley gets one of her 14 kills Monday during a decisive victory against Yuba City. Daley's coach Bob Rogers thinks she has become the best player in the Sacramento-Foothill area.
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Ali Daley put on an exhibition in the host Nevada Union girls volleyball team’s Metro Conference matchup with Yuba City Monday.

The 6-foot, sophomore middle/outside hitter played in only two games, but tallied a match-high 14 kills to go along with three aces and a pair of digs to lead the Lady Miners to a 15-0, 15-1, 15-13 win.

“I’ve been telling everyone all year that I think (Ali’s) the best player in (the Sacramento area). I think all of the coaches (we’ve played against) agree,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said.



NU, which improved too 31-3 overall and 11-0 in league, took control of the match from the get-go.

Elena Schmidt served 10 straight points to get the ball rolling in game one.




Yuba City forced a pair of side outs, but couldn’t convert them into points. Daley served three straight points – including an ace – to give the hosts game one.

Shannon Brown served six straight points to begin game two, then Kate Stein followed with a six-point run of her own from the service line as the Lady Miners breezed through game two.

NU had a scare in game three – trailing 13-11 late – but scored four straight to close out the win.

“I thought we looked pretty good in the first two games,” Rogers said. “We had suffered so many injuries lately, in game three I wanted to throw in some different lineups to see how they played together.”

Schmidt finished with two kills and a team-high five aces. Erin Zajac had six kills, four digs and an ace.

NU will play its regular season finale at home against Grant of Sacramento 6 p.m. Wednesday


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