D’back spikers fall to Davis

By From page A10 | March 14, 2014

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys volleyball program hosted Davis Tuesday night, falling in four games to the Blue Devils 25-16, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-18.

Davis jumped out to an early lead in game one, notching a win without much struggle from the hosts. Union Mine saw a change in confidence during games two and three, nearly pulling off an equalizing win in game two but falling short 25-21.

“We’ve been focusing on fundamentals in practice,” D’back head coach Dave Rumbaugh said. “And mixing in more advanced skills and strategy — a lot of the errors we made will go away with experience. Even when we go full speed at practice it just isn’t the same as playing against an opponent – and I think a big part of improving right now is just getting that experience.”

Union Mine’s game three performance was an extension of the final 10 points in game two —Raine Scott embraced his libero role and provided an excellent foundation for setter Shay Barba to distribute big kill opportunities for Union Mine’s outside hitting corps. The Diamondbacks edged Davis to force game four but didn’t have enough to push the match to five sets.

Brandon Anicich

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