PREP VOLLEYBALL: Miners crush Laguna Creek, advance to D-II semifinals
MINERS 3, CARDINALS 0
(25-18, 25-16, 25-9)
NU: Jordan Mills - 10 kills, 4 aces
NU: Preston Nowak - 9 kills
NU: Cameron Dallago - 7 kills
NU: Judah Myers - 7 kills
NU: Carter Depue - 5 kills, 4 blocks
NU: Colby Quiggle - 35 assists, 2 aces, 2 blocks
With each passing game, the Nevada Union boys volleyball team got stronger and stronger.
The visiting Cardinals from Laguna Creek didn’t stand much of a chance against the No. 1 seeded Miners, who just kept hammering away at their second round playoff opponent until a straight set victory was achieved.
“When we’re rolling like that, it’s just a lot of fun,” said junior Judah Myers, who tallied seven kills in Thursday’s win at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
The Miners made quick work of the No. 8 Cardinals, barely taking more than an hour to complete the sweep 25-18, 25-16, 25-9.
“Tonight we kept our focus all the way through and we got better as it went on,” said NU head coach Lance Mansuetti. “That was a good showing tonight.”
As usual, NU’s talented setter Colby Quiggle did a nice job of spreading the ball around to the Miners’ potent arsenal of hitters. Leading the attack was senior outside hitter Jordan Mills with 10 kills. Junior hitter Preston Nowak added nine. Cameron Dallago, a senior, and Myers each had seven. And, senior middle hitter Carter Depue had five kills to go with a team-high four blocks. Quiggle finished with 35 assists, two blocks and two aces.
The Miners were strong from the service line for much of the evening as well. As a team, they tallied 11 aces, including four from Mills and three from Jaycee Youngman.
It was an all-around complete effort for the Miners.
“I felt like everybody had a good night, tonight,” said Mansuetti.
The victory advances the Miners (26-2) to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals where they will host No. 4 Golden Valley on Tuesday. Golden Valley reached the semis after a straight set second round win over No. 12 El Capitan Thursday.
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