Prep volleyball: Nevada Union takes 5th at Easter Invitational in Las Vegas
Head coach Marco Salcedo took the Nevada Union boys volleyball team down to Las Vegas for Spring Break. Not for a crash course in the excesses of life, but to face some of the best prep volleyball teams on the west coast.
The Miners were up to the challenge.
Facing an elite field of teams at the Easter Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada Union went 7-1 overall and finished tied for fifth in the 48-team tourney.
“Everyone underestimated us because of our size,” Salcedo said. “A lot of teams overlooked us and they got blocked off the court.”
What Nevada Union lacks in height, they make up for in leaping ability, which is something their opponents learned first hand.
The Miners (15-2, 4-1 Sierra Foothill League) lost just two sets all tournament, both coming against Centennial (Las Vegas), who handed NU its only loss. Centennial is currently ranked No. 58 in the nation and No. 1 in Nevada by MaxPreps.com. The Miners did have Centennial on the ropes in the third set, but eventually fell 15-13, in the third and decisive set.
Nevada Union beat Mojave and Boulder Creek, both of which are considered top teams in the region. Boulder Creek is the No. 8 team in all of Arizona. NU also topped Las Vegas teams Arbor View and Valley as well as Southern California teams San Marcos, Venice and Clovis North.
Turning in strong performances at the Tourney for NU was Logan Kerley (52 kills, 43 digs, seven aces), Harrison McCormick (54 kills, six aces), Steven Skaggs (38 kills, 17 blocks, eight aces), Mason Salcedo (143 assists, 14 blocks, 18 aces), and Sole Williams (60 digs, 10 aces).
“We played really smart,” said Salcedo. “It’s a huge confidence builder.”
Salcedo said the Miners played impressively throughout the tourney, getting quality efforts from every member of the team.
“The great part was how well the bench played all week,” he said. “Every single player was a positive.”
The Miners are currently ranked No. 17 in the state and No. 20 in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com. They get back into the swing of the SFL season Thursday at home against Rocklin.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at email@example.com or by phone at 530-477-4232.
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