NU volleyball whips Woodland |

NU volleyball whips Woodland

Eileen JoyceNevada Union's Jenny Goodwin (left) and Erin Zajac (right) go up for a block Tuesday night against Woodland.
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The Nevada Union girls volleyball team took over sole possession of first place in the Metro Conference with its 15-6, 15-0, 15-3 home court win over Woodland Tuesday.

Woodland, which entered the match with a 3-0 conference record, put up a fight early, but were blown out of the gym by a motivated Lady Miner (14-1 overall, 4-0 Metro) side.

“Woodland actually played pretty well in game one. So, it wasn’t that they were so bad, it’s just that we played so well,” NU assistant coach Larry Peterson said.

The Lady Miners ran their offense at will, but got most of its points from the service line.

NU’s Meredith Ely, who finished with two aces, two blocks and nine digs, served nine straight points to start game two.

“Serve receive is one of the toughest parts of volleyball so we’ve really worked on having a tough serve,” Lady Miner head coach Bob Rogers said.

Ali Daley, Elena Zajac and Jenny Goodwin led the Lady Miners at the net with four kills each.

Goodwin also posted a team-high two blocks. Zajac and Daley chipped in nine digs each.

Nicki Serr had a team-high 17 assists to go along with a pair of aces.

“I thought we didn’t make too many mistakes out there and that’s just the way you’d want it,” Rogers added.

NU will play at Yuba City 6 p.m. Thursday.

NU golf wins

Megan Hillard shot a 51, and Louise Yu added a 53 to lead the Miners to a 15-stroke team victory over Oakmont at Lincoln Hills golf course Tuesday afternoon.

Amanda Burbridge and Becky Hindt carded 57s, and Dayton Faraco added a 59 to round out the team scoring.

NU tennis edged

NU’s strong performance in doubles was not enough to get the Miners past Kennedy Tuesday afternoon.

At No. 1 doubles, Haley Menig and Sarah Kottcamp won for NU, 6-1, 6-2, while the No. 2 team of Lindsey Croft and Gretel Rees also won, 7-5, 7-5.

The Miners No. 3 doubles team of Thira Gilbert and Krysta Sauer won, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, while No. 6 singles player Amanda Eddy won for NU, 6-1, 6-1.

BR water polo

The Bear River girls water polo team lost 12-2 to visiting Woodcreek of Roseville at Nevada Union Tuesday.

“The last time we played them, they beat us 27-3,” Lady Bruin head coach Jon Katis said.

Taylor Drew scored both goals for Bear River.

Ashley Clarke totaled 12 saves in goal for the hosts.

Bear River (4-12 overall, 1-6 Sierra Foothill League) will play at Oakmont of Roseville 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

NU soccer by one

Jose Zanudo and Kyle McTighe scored a goal each in the Nevada Union boys soccer team’s 2-1 win over host Grant of Sacramento Tuesday.

Zanudo put the Miners (11-3-3 overall, 4-2 Metro Conference) on the board in the sixth minute on an unassisted goal.

“He beat two players, shot, got the rebound, beat two more guys then pounded the ball in,” NU head coach Mike Voss said.

McTighe doubled the lead 21 minutes into the second half on a pass from Cody Grout.

The Pacers scored late, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

“They scored, and it fired them up. They really put the pressure on us in the last 20 minutes,” Voss added.

Grout finished with six saves. NU will play at Johnson of Sacramento 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Smith leads

FLC soccer

Kyle Smith notched his third hat trick of the season and goalkeeper Joe Martin tallied his eighth shutout on the year as the Forest Lake Christian boys soccer team beat host Sacramento Lutheran 8-0 Tuesday.

Smith, the Falcons’ leading scorer with 11 goals, scored the eventual match-winner off a penalty kick early in the first half.

Fabian Janowski scored twice in the win.

Dane Johnson, Steve Jones and Caleb Christal also scored. Martin finished with four saves.

FLC (8-4-2 overall, 4-1 Central Valley Christian League) will be host to Faith Christian of Yuba City in Friday’s homecoming match at Bear River.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

FLC in straight games

Brynne Edwards posted a career-high nine aces and Leyna Allred chipped in 10 kills to lead the Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball team to a 15-3, 15-10, 15-1 win on the road against Sacramento Lutheran Tuesday.

“Leyna just took over in the third game. They didnt have block up, and she had free rein. I kinda felt sorry for them,” Lady Falcon head coach Travis Smith said.

Allred also had four aces. Haley Gowin posted a team-high 15 assists.

FLC (6-6 overall, 5-1 Central Valley Christian League) will be host to Faith Christian of Yuba City 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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