PREP VOLLEYBALL: Nevada Union tops Vista del Lago, advances to round two (VIDEO)
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What: Sac-Joaquin Section D-II volleyball playoffs
Who: No. 2 Nevada Union vs. No. 10 Vacaville
When: 7 p.m., Thursday
Where: Albert Ali Gymnasium, Nevada Union High School
The Lady Miners took another step toward their goal of winning a Sac-Joaquin Section girls volleyball title Tuesday, earning a straight set victory over Vista del Lago in the first round of the Division II playoffs.
Playing in the friendly confines of Albert Ali Gymnasium, No. 2 seed Nevada Union was simply too much for the No. 11 Eagles, winning all three sets in convincing fashion, 25-13, 25-21, 25-14.
The Lady Miners were balanced in their attack, getting five or more kills from five different players.
“Everyone can hit and we want to give them an opportunity to do that,” Nevada Union head coach Chrys Dudek said. “We want to keep the defense on the other side of the net guessing as to who we’re going to go to.”
Leading the way was senior captain Regan Heppe with 13 kills to go with nine digs and two blocks.
“Regan was really on fire (Tuesday) both offensively and defensively,” Dudek said. “It’s nice to have her leading the troops through the playoffs.”
Faith Menary, a sophomore, smashed down 10 kills. Senior captain Greta Kramer added six kills and two blocks. Meadow Aragon chipped in with five kills and two blocks. And, senior Danica Minard notched five kills in the win.
Setting up the Lady Miners hitters all night was Rebekah McGill will 40 assists. She also had four aces and two kills.
Nevada Union (32-12) will now host No. 10 Vacaville, who upset No. 7 seed Bella Vista in the first round.
Vacaville (21-10) grabbed the No. 10 seed in the D-II bracket after earning a share of the Monticello Empire League title.
“They have played a couple of strong teams and held their own with them, so we’re looking forward to a good match,” said Dudek.
Vacaville was one of two upsets in the first round as No. 14 Wood topped No. 3 Inderkum in four sets.
“Things are set up a little differently than what I anticipated,” said Dudek. “I think there’s a pretty good chance that we’ll meet up with Del Oro Tuesday, if everything goes well for both of us (today), so we’re looking forward to that. But, we try to take things one game at a time, one point at a time, starting with Vacaville.”
Nevada Union and Vacaville are set to face off in the second round at 7 p.m., Thursday at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
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