NU’s JV volleyball wins varsity tournament |

NU’s JV volleyball wins varsity tournament

Nevada Union’s junior varsity volleyball team stepped up and won the 20-team Carmichael Invitational tournament Saturday.

According to coach Bruce Grininger, NU was one of only two junior varsity squads competing in the small school tournament.

The Miners won four pool play matches and three tournament matches without losing a game. They defeated Loretto in the semifinal and Ripon in the final, 15-12.

“It was basically a 12-hour volleyball event,” Grininger said. “I thought we were the best conditioned team at the tournament, and that was the key. We didn’t run out of gas.”

Grininger said Sarah Nunnink was the team’s ace leader, Amy Weeks the assist leader, Alicia Landon the team block leader, with Sarah Barbaria and Whitney Nunnink sparking the team with their kills.

Frosh football win

Jason Wethern scored five touchdowns as Nevada Union’s freshman football team defeated Elk Grove for the first time in four years Thursday, 43-22.

NU improved its overall record to 3-0 with the win.

“I don’t think I have seen an NU freshman team play a better half of football against such a quality opponent in my nine years of coaching,” NU freshman coach Greg Brown said.

The Miners offense, led by quarterback Tyler Smith and Wethern, gained 415 yards rushing, with Wethern tallying 158 of those yards on just 15 carries.

The defense, led by James Gamble and Andrew Jackson, held Elk Grove running back Joseph Allen far short of his nearly 300 yards per game rushing average.

Gamble forced a fumble in Elk Grove territory late in the first half, which was scooped up by Miner defensive lineman Josh Rohde for a touchdown.

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