NU volleyball turn tables on Trojans in section title rematch
Opening night on Nevada Union’s home court turned out to be a sweeping success for the Miner volleyball team Tuesday, as NU took care of visiting Oak Ridge in quick fashion on the Ali Gymnasium floor.
In a rematch of last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship match, NU turned the tables on the Trojans with the same 3-0 score Oak Ridge posted last fall to end the Miners’ section record of seven consecutive section titles.
Nevada Union improved to 3-1 on the season with the 25-23, 25-18, 25-18 victory.
“I like our guys. They really fight hard, ” NU c-head coach Bob Rogers said after the win. “We have a very good serve-receive, our setting’s good and we had enough firepower tonight – but I do think that’s what we need to work on.
“Big Jenna (Britton) in the middle was hurting them all over, from the left, from the right, soft and hard.”
Britton, a junior middle, led NU’s hitting attack with eight of the team’s 32 kills. Senior outside hitter Tessa Butterfield totaled seven kills in the win and sophomore Sierra Payne added five more.
The hitting attack proved pivotal down the stretch of game two, as Britton blasted four kills to the floor to help the Miners move the margin from 16-12 to 23-16. Payne later closed out the game with back-to-back kills.
Bryant, taking to the Ali Gym floor for the first time at the varsity level, drove home three kills in NU’s final seven points in the third and final game.
NU also posted nine points off blocks, including two each from senior Marnie McDowell, freshman Hannah Bryant and Britton.
Junior setter Jenna Bell totaled 29 assists in the win.
Rogers was pleased with his team’s serve-receive for a reason. The Miners served up 11 aces in the match, while allowing only three Oak Ridge serves to find the floor.
Oak Ridge, which defeated NU 25-19, 25-23, 28-26 in the 2009 section final at UC Davis, moved to 4-3 on the season. All three of the Trojans’ losses have come to Sierra Foothill League teams, as Oak Ridge also fell to Del Oro (3-0) on Aug. 31 and Granite Bay (2-0) on Saturday in the Christine Craft Memorial Tournament.
Nevada Union, which placed fifth in last weekend’s 36-team High Sierra Tournament in Reno, returns to its home floor Thursday against Union Mine.
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