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NU grabs fourth in San Jose

The Nevada Union girls volleyball team nabbed a fourth-place finish at the Archbishop Mitty High School Tournament in San Jose during the weekend.

The two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champs opened the two-day, 16-team tourney with a 25-17, 25-22, 25-18 win over Gross Catholic (Neb.) Friday, then came back later that day to top Vista (San Diego) in five, 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13.

‘We got a little behind in the last game, but we had some incredible plays to pull it out,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said. “One in particular was when Stephanie Bayne dove away from the net for the ball and popped it back toward the net. We were able to convert it with an Ali Daley kill. At that point it was tied 13-13.”



Next up was an ill-fated semifinal showdown Saturday with tourney host and nation’s second-ranked team by prepvolleyball.com in the Monarchs.

The defending CIF NorCal champion Miners lost for the first time this season, 25-8, 25-19, 25-12.




“(Archbishop Mitty) was very tough. They didn’t drop a game all tournament,” Rogers said. “I don’t think anybody thought we were going to beat the No.2 team in the nation.”

In the third/fourth game, NU, which took seventh at the same tournament a year ago, fell 25-18, 15-18, 15-19 to Central Coast Section-power Los Gatos.

Miner senior Ali Daley, who had 40 kills in the loss to Vista, earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

“I saw all of the teams, and I think Ali was the best player here,’ Rogers said.


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