Prep Roundup: Bruin volleyball sweeps Whitney
Sweeping through former Pioneer Valley League rival Whitney Thursday night, Bear River’s varsity volleyball team showed it has raised its level of play – and apparently expectations, as well – as the Bruins blasted the host Wildcats 25-16, 25-19, 25-23.
In their final season of PVL play in 2009, the Wildcats were the ones doing the sweeping, taking both ends of the home-and-home series with Bear River.
“It was a good night,” Bruin coach Matt MacDonald said. “They swept us both times last year, so this was good for the girls who are back from last year.
“But we never really got it going the way we wanted to. It could have gone a little differently if we had executed better.”
Pointing to 12 missed serves, MacDonald said his team needs to be sharper down the road. But the coach was pleased with the way his setter, Kaya Johnson, responded when the Wildcats attempted to take away Bear River’s top hitter, sophomore Sara Schell.
“Kaya did a good job of getting Katie (Tomkiewicz) involved,” he said.
Tomkiewicz totaled nine kills in the win. Despite the extra attention, Schell shared a match-high in kills with Tomkiewicz and also served up seven aces on the night.
Bear River (4-1) travels to the Dixon Tournament this weekend, where it will open action in pool play against Cosumnes Oaks and Capital Christian.
Host Nevada Union fell to visiting Union Mine in four games Thursday, as the Diamondbacks scored a 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 25-11 victory at Ali Gymnasium.
“Really incredible defense and hustle by both teams,” said NU coach Bob Rogers, who was without middle blocker Jenna Britton, due to a shoulder injury.
Nevada Union, which totaled 41 defensive digs in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Oak Ridge, dug out 97 balls in the four-game match Thursday. Nevada Union also served up five aces, while Union Mine totaled two.
Senior Marnie McDowell led the Miners with 14 kills, while freshman Hannah Bryant had 10 kills.
NU (7-2) travels to the Davis Tournament on Saturday, where the Miners are likely to face Union Mine (7-1) once again.
Sharing co-medalist honors were Placer’s Hannah Gray and Sidney Ryan, who each shot a 45 over nine holes, as the Hillgals held off Bear River in the Pioneer Valley League opener at The Ridge Thursday.
Bear River was led by Emilie Yonan’s 50 and Grace Magni’s 57. Cassie Smith shot 60 and Casey Brown 61, while Carly Corippo and Liz Runne each shot 63.
Bear River is back in action Sept. 16, traveling to Cherry Island for a match with Center.
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