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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Nevada Union opens playoffs at Bella Vista

Nevada Union's Regan Heppe and Jessica Dent make the block during a game against Woodcreek earlier this season.
Laura Mahaffy/lmahaffy@theunion.com | The Union

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What: Nevada Union at Bella Vista

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Bella Vista High School

The Nevada Union girls volleyball team starts on its playoff path today, facing off with No. 3 seed Bella Vista in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-II bracket.

“We’re very excited to be part of the postseason,” said NU head coach Chrys Dudek. “We are the underdogs, but we will try to use that to our advantage.”

After missing out last year, the Lady Miners (11-18, 4-8 Sierra Foothill league) are in the postseason as the fifth playoff team out of the SFL.



The Lady Miners are led by seniors Nadia Torkman, Rachel Sarner, Taylor Riley and Jessica Dent, as well as sophomore outside hitter Regan Heppe.

Nevada Union earned the No. 14 seed in the D-II bracket and will be on the road today to face Bella Vista (22-7, 11-3), the Capital Valley Conference co-champs.




“Our goal is to be confident,” Dudek said. “Numbers don’t mean anything anymore. Anybody can win on any given night.”

The Lady Miners are one of four SFL teams in the D-II bracket, with Rocklin at the No. 1 seed, Granite Bay the No. 2 seed and Del Oro the No. 6 seed. Sierra Foothill League champ Oak Ridge is the No. 1 seed in the D-I bracket.

It’s just Nevada Union’s second playoff appearance since 2009, when they lost in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship game to snap a streak of seven straight D-I section titles for the Lady Miners.

Dudek led the Lady Miners to their last section title in 2008, when they beat Napa. Dudek returned to coach the team this year and despite a brutal league schedule, managed to guide NU back to the playoffs.

Nevada Union and Bella Vista face off at 7 p.m. tonight at Bella Vista High School.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.


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