NU volleyball wins the UC Davis Invitational
The Nevada Union girls volleyball team took on some of the best the north state has to offer at the Davis Invitational, and came out top at the University of California at Davis Saturday.
The Lady Miners, who were bounced from the tournament in the quarterfinals last year, rolled through pool play and then three playoff rounds to set up the final against Union Mine of El Dorado.
Thanks to the swings of Elena Schmidt, Meredith Ely, Jessica Howell, Amanda Benson and Kate Stein, plus Erin Zajac’s play on defense, NU won 15-2, 11-15, 15-4.
“Three of the top 30 teams in California were there, (so) I thought it was a tremendous accomplishment considering the strength of the field,” NU head coach Bob Rogers said.
In pool play, NU topped Sheldon of Sacramento, 15-5, 15-6; Del Oro of Loomis 15-14, 15-7 and Vintage of Napa 15-7, 15-12.
The Lady Miners followed that up with a 15-1, 15-7 win over defending Sierra Foothill League champ Roseville; a 15-9, 15-6 quarterfinal victory over Redwood then a 15-7, 14-16, 15-11 semifinal decision over Granite Bay.
NU will play at Golden Sierra of Garden Valley Tuesday.
NU soccer wins
Brian Gardner and Mark Lawicki hit the back of the net once each in the Nevada Union boys soccer team’s 2-0 win over Placer of Auburn Friday.
The win, which was the Miners’ eighth straight shutout, improved NU’s overall record to 7-3-1.
Gardner broke the scoreless tie at the 22 minute mark of the first half on an assist from Casey Clark. Lawicki doubled the lead on an unassisted goal 42 minutes later.
NU goalkeeper Cody Bielen tallied seven saves.
The Miners will open Metro Conference play at home against Johnson Thursday.
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