Prep Roundup: NU water polo falls just short
Hanging just short of league-leading Del Oro 9-8 through three quarters of action Thursday, Nevada Union’s varsity girls water polo team was threatening to deliver the Golden Eagles their first defeat in Sierra Foothill League play.
But Del Oro showed why it remains undefeated and atop the SFL standings, pulling away for a 13-9 victory.
Still, the Lady Miners served notice that their quest for a playoff berth is certainly within reach, said NU coach Craig Zetterberg.
“They’re a gutsy team,” he said. “Stacia Mack is a good example of this team. She’s in the right place at the right time. She’s a creative player, even though she’s not the fastest player in the pool.
“(Del Oro) is just a little deeper than we are and we started to run out of gas.”
Mack and teammate Natalie Fernandez each had a goal in the loss that featured a balanced scoring attack. Taylor Bowen led the way with three goals, while Ariana Dale and Angela Murphy each scored twice.
“It’s exciting for us to play with some of the top teams,” said Zetterberg. “We’ve got a key game Tuesday with Woodcreek. If we can beat them, we’ll be sitting in that third slot (for the playoffs) and it will be ours to lose.
“Although it’s still pretty early (in the season).”
NU slipped to 8-8 overall and 3-2 in the SFL.
JV Girls: Nevada Union 13, Del Oro 5
Robyn Fernandez scored four goals to lead a balanced attack, as the Nevada Union JV team downed Del Oro in a match the Miners led 9-1 after one period of play.
Carly Messex had a strong game in goal for the Miners.
JV Boys: Nevada Union 8, Del Oro 7
Turning the table on a team that had beaten them by the same score in sudden death at a tournament earlier this season, Nevada Union’s junior varsity boys water polo team downed Del Oro in a tough Sierra Foothill League matchup.
At halftime, NU led 3-1, before extending the margin to 6-3 at the end of three.
“Del Oro came back in the fourth quarter and with 24 seconds left on the shot clock the score was 8-7 and we had the lead,” NU coach Tarryn Knight said. “They set the ball to the hole set and we were able to shut them down for the victory.
“It was a total team effort. We have an amazing group of young men that play together and support each other.”
Greg Rousseau, a team captain and first string goalie, had 11 saves and held Del Oro to three goals in the first three quarters. Gabe Saturnino, another captain, led the offense with four goals and added three steals on the defensive end. Alex Fitanides led the team with four steals and also made two goals. Parker Rhodes also had two goals and two assists.
“Like I said in the beginning it was a team effort,” Knight said. “Earl English, Zach Dugan, Chase Milhous and Cole Castleberry also had great games to contribute to the win.”
Girls: Granite Bay 12, Bear River 8
Brittany Tyra had nine saves in goal for the Bruins, but it wasn’t enough to top Granite Bay Thursday.
Shelby Quist, Kara Dodd and Haley Jungers each had two goals, while Cassidy Rogers and Michelle Pollostrini each also scored a goal.
JV Girls: Bear River 14, Granite Bay 1
Patti Southworth and Rachel Olsen had two saves each in goal for Bear River, while Shelby Angus scored four goals to lead the JV Bruins.
Cindy Solomon and Becca Volek each score three goals for the Lady Bruins, while Andrea Bock, Nicole Groat, Courtney Jenkins and Beth Nelson added one goal each.
Nevada Union 3, Granite Bay 1
Nevada Union’s varsity volleyball team opened Sierra Foothill League play in impressive fashion Thursday night, downing Granite Bay at in four games at Ali Gymnasium.
After splitting the first two games 25-22, 23-25, NU pulled away from the Grizzlies 25-16 and 25-12 in the next two.
Senior Tessa Butterfield blasted 14 kills to the floor on the night, while setter Jenna Bell totaled 31 assists.
Bell and Madison Heppe also had big nights at the service line, offering five and four aces, respectively. Heppe also had 20 defensive digs, while Jenna Britton offered four blocks up front.
The win not only moved the Miners to 1-0 in league play, but also 15-4 overall.
Nevada Union returns to action Saturday, competing in the Great 8 Tournament at Christian Brothers.
JV: Nevada Union 2, Granite Bay 1
Rachel Hadley served four aces at the end of the first game to bring NU’s junior varsity team to a 24-24 score, as the Miners ended up winning 27-25.
After falling 25-20 in the second game, NU bounced right back and won the third 15-12.
Jamie Gustafson served five points in a row to open the last game, giving NU a good lead and a lot of momentum.
“She also set a great match for us,” NU coach Michelle Miller said. “I wish I knew how many digs Megan Johnson (our libero) had. She played outstanding defense tonight.
NU’s JV team moved to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
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