PREP ROUNDUP: Miners volleyball pounds Ponderosa on Senior Night
Nevada Union’s boys volleyball team continued its Foothill Valley League dominance with a straight set victory over Ponderosa, 25-9, 25-17, 25-18, Wednesday night at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
It was also Senior Night and the Miners’s three seniors all contributed in big ways.
Senior outside hitter Jordan Mills led the team with eight kills to go with four blocks and two aces.
“It’s always been my dream to be a part of the high school team and to contribute,” said Mills. “It’s been amazing to be a part of it.”
Fellow senior Cameron Dallago shined at the net, notching six blocks in the win.
“First, I got to say, Miner for life, for sure,” Dallago said. “It’s been a pretty great experience.”
Senior Carter Depue hammered down seven kills and tallied three blocks for NU.
“It’s been fun,” said Depue, who is enjoying a strong first season with the Miners. “It’s been a different experience, but a lot of fun.”
Depue only played club volleyball before deciding to join the Miners team in his senior year.
Head coach Lance Mansuetti said his seniors have been instrumental to the team’s success this season.
“They have all led by great example,” Mansuetti said. “All three are good guys, they work hard and they are great teammates.”
With Wednesday’s win, the Miners improved to 18-1 overall and 8-0 in FVL play. They head to the very difficult Granite Bay tournament this weekend, and close league play with two road games at Lincoln April 22, and at Rio Linda April 24.
RIO LINDA 1, NEVADA UNION 0
The Lady Miners dropped a pitchers’ dual with Rio Linda Wednesday.
Nevada Union’s freshman pitcher Hayden McKenna pitched a gem of a game, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out 11, but got no run support and took the loss.
Rio Linda’s Brianna Leavell earned the win from the circle after allowing just two hits and striking out 14. Leavell helped herself out from the plate with two hits, one of which drove in the game’s lone run in the first inning.
NU’s hits came from Leah Ellis, who doubled, and Gabriela Enriquez with a single.
The Lady Miners are now 5-4 overall and 1-2 in FVL play. Next up is a home game against Placer today.
BEAR RIVER 276
The Bruins couldn’t quite pull out the victory against Colfax Wednesday, falling to their Pioneer Valley League rival by eight strokes.
Competing at the The Ridge, Bear River got strong play from Anthony Vierra with a 45 on the par-36 9-hole course. Tyler Cross was next for the Bruins with a 49. Kadin Dooley carded a 58, Asa O’Callaghan followed with a 60 and Derek Warner rounded out the Bear River scorers with a 64.
The Bruins are 3-2 overall in league play.
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