NU’s Turner makes the difference in water polo win
The Union staff
The Nevada Union girls water polo team upped its record to .500, both in Sierra Foothill League play and overall, with a nail-biting 5-4 win at Rocklin Thursday.
According to Nevada Union coach Craig Zutterberg, senior goalie Marissa Turner had the game of the year with 18 saves, including nine in the fourth quarter and one with six seconds to play.
“She just played a fantastic game,” Zutterberg said. “She was the difference-maker. That save she made with six seconds left was just a great save.”
Three seniors scored all five goals for the Miners (11-11 overall, 5-5 league). Ariana Dale and Taylor Bowen each scored two while Angela Murphy added one.
With two games to go the Miners sit in fourth place in the league. There’s a shot NU could advance to the playoffs, but they’ll have to win both remaining games including Tuesday’s match at first-place Del Oro.
“We played them tight last time,” Zutterberg said. “We were behind 9-8 going into the fourth and they got us 3-1 down the stretch, but we played them well. But we have to win the next two to get in.”
JV: Nevada Union 10, Rocklin 4
Quinlan Grim led the way with three goals while Nicole Blaney and Marina McKenzie each added two. Mattie Hedenland, Toria Kinney and Erin Cummisky all scored, as well, including Cummisky’s first goal of the season.
Nevada Union sits in second place in the league with two games to play.
Forest Lake Christian downs
Forest Lake upped its record to 12-10 overall, 7-2 in the Central Valley California League with a 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15 win over Victory Christian.
“It was probably the best match we’ve put together,” coach Travis Smith said. “The first game we just kind of slipped up at the very end, but the rest of it we dominated the entire time.”
Emily English led the way with 10 kills and four blocks, prompting Smith to call it her best game of the year.
Freshman Morgan Koch, meanwhile, earned her first start of the season and made it count. She led the way with 19 digs while adding four kills and five blocks for the Falcons.
Laura Ritchart added 14 digs and four kills while Stephanie Herron had 14 assists and two kills. Molly Huusfeldt led the team with eight aces and added 10 digs, nine assists and six kills.
The team hosts Sacramento Waldorf next Thursday.
JV: Forest Lake Christian 5,
Sacramento Waldorf 1
Five different Falcons scored during Forest Lake’s last junior varsity game of the season.
Hunter Seman, Cameron Patton, Matthew Bertram, Kevin Hegarty and Sean Kadera each had a goal to wrap up the season for the Falcons (4-3-1 overall, 2-3-1 in league).
“We improved a lot over the year,” coach Trenton Mol said. “It was nice to see the comparison between early in the year and later on.”
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