PREP VOLLEYBALL: Miners power past Mira Loma, advance in D-II playoffs
MINERS 3, MATADORS 0
(25-15, 25-12, 25-23)
NU: Jordan Mills – 11 kills, 4 blocks
NU: Preston Nowak – 8 kills, 3 aces
NU: Colby Quiggle – 36 assists, 2 kills, 2 blocks
Nevada Union’s boys volleyball team opened the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with a show of strength Tuesday night at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
Facing No. 16 seed Mira Loma, the No. 1 Miners put on a hitting display as they pounded out a first round victory over the Matadors in straight sets, 25-15, 25-12, 25-23.
“I liked the way we ran our offense tonight,” said NU head coach Lance Mansuetti. “I think Colby (Quiggle) does an excellent job of spreading the ball around and uses all of our weapons, which makes us hard to defend.”
The Miners hammered away at the Matadors, getting six or more kills from four different players. Leading the way was Jordan Mills with 11 kills. Carter Depue followed with nine. Preston Nowak finished with eight. And, Judah Myers tallied six.
Quiggle did a nice job of running the offense and finished the night with a match-high 36 assists to go with a pair of kills.
“I felt like we were playing pretty scrappy and our passing was on which was good, and we pounded down some balls which was good,” said Quiggle. “We have a bunch of good hitters out here and they can put the ball down whenever they want.”
Defensively the Miners were led at the net by Mills who had four blocks. Cameron Dallago followed with three blocks. Jaycee Youngman led all Miners in digs with eight.
The first two sets were won in quick fashion by the Miners, but the third took some grit as Mira Loma rallied from a 17-13 deficit to tie it at 23-23. But, a pair of Matador errors put an end to the comeback attempt.
Next up for the Miners (25-2) is a second round home bout at 7 p.m. today against No. 8 Laguna Creek, who topped No. 9 East Union in straight sets. Laguna Creek (17-5) won the Metropolitan Conference, and comes into the contest on a three-match winning streak.
“Staying focused,” said Mills of what would be the key to a long playoff run. “With this group we can get a little caught up in having too much fun and make stupid mistakes, and those can pile up like they did in that last set. We have the talent to go all the way as long as we stay focused.”
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