With team intensity, cohesion and thunderous spikes from Dylan Sellers and Nick Warren, the El Dorado boys volleyball defeated county rival Union Mine in a thrilling 25-23, 25-20, 9-25, 25-16 four-set Sierra Valley League victory Monday night.
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“Our team played with confidence tonight and really wanted to win this match,” Cougar coach Alan Magat said. “All night long we seized opportunities and were hitting to the open court. The defense at the net was great and our team did a great job tonight against a worthy opponent.”
The first two sets were tight followed by the third in which the Diamondbacks dominated. El Dorado controlled the final match against previously undefeated Union Mine which struggled to get consistency and rhythm the entire evening.
Just when the D’backs appeared to find a groove and seize momentum with Mitch Vonasek sets to Corey Verner, Tyler Parker and Daniel Saich, the Cougars roared back with blocks at the net by Cody Neimann and Tommy Williams.
That pattern was evident in the first set as the two squads battled back and forth, neither taking command of the game until late when a kill by Neimann and a D’back mishit broke a 23-all tie.
The second set was similar as momentum was short lived by both sides. Leading 20-19, El Dorado took control with blocks and kills for a 5-1 run to go up two games to none.
Union Mine roared to life in the third set as its passing, sets and kills enabled the D’backs to completely dominate and get back into the match.
El Dorado returned the favor in the fourth set by grabbing an early 15-8 advantage to zero in on the victory.
“We played well the first two games and then our team was tense, nervous and excited in the third game. Once we got back to playing our game with Elijah Magat making great sets and Nick and Dylan putting them away we were able to take the final game just like the first two,” Neimann said.