PREP ROUNDUP: Bear River volleyball falls to Placer in league opener |

PREP ROUNDUP: Bear River volleyball falls to Placer in league opener

The Bear River girls volleyball team opened Pioneer Valley League play with a straight set loss, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22, to Placer Tuesday.

Leading the Lady Bruins was senior Ashley Albee with a team-high 12 kills. Senior Alex Staples added seven kills and Coral McLaughlin had four kills. Kayla Toft led Bear River in digs with 10. Toft also had two aces, as did Grace Sypnicki. Junior setter Mallory Rath tallied 17 assists and sophomore Caitlin McLaughlin had 10 assists.

With the loss, Bear River drops to 12-18 overall and 0-1 in PVL play. Placer is now 4-9 overall and 1-0 in league. Next up for the Lady Bruins is a home matchup with Colfax today.


Lady Miners faceoff with Folsom in SFL bout

The Nevada Union girls tennis team had a rough time with Sierra Foothill League foe Folsom on Tuesday, dropping all but one match to the Bulldogs.

Nevada Union’s lone victory came from the No. 2 doubles team of Nicole Cockcroft and Reese Wheeler who played well together and won their match 3-6, 7-5, 10-8.

“They kept a positive attitude throughout the match and finished strong,” said NU coach Russ Woodward in an email.

Team co-captain Stacie Bernasconi led the Miners in the No. 1 singles match, but fell in straight sets. In the No. 2 position Abi McLeran also lost in two sets. Co-captain Jessie Cockcroft took the No. 3 singles spot and did not have enough to overcome her opponent. At the No. 4 position co-captain Megan Kennedy also lost her match in straight sets. At the No. 5 spot, Lisa Woodward started to come back in the second set but it was too late and lost it 6-4. Emily Norwood played her best match of the season so far, coming close but dropping her match in a third set tiebreaker.

At No. 1 doubles, Alexandra Whittle and Brenna Chargin fell short of victory. At No. 3 doubles, Monica Kittle and Zara Katzenstein were not able to overcome their tough opponents, and lost in two sets.

Nevada Union gets back at it today against Granite Bay.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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