Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Golden Sierra takes local volleyball matchup

By
From page A6 | September 16, 2013 | Leave Comment

UM #3 Andrea Barnes.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

UNION MINE'S Andrea Barnes pops a shot back over in Thursday's action. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

EL DORADO — Two local programs, each with state-level finals experience, clashed Thursday at Union Mine where visiting Golden Sierra outlasted the Lady Diamondbacks in five, 15-25, 25-22, 24-18, 24-26, 15-7.

Behind Kylie Russell’s early service run, Union Mine’s good start/end sandwiched some solid Grizzly play in the middle as the hosts jumped to the lead. Answering, Golden Sierra took the next two sets, dropped a fourth-game overtime thriller but controlled the deciding set for the victory.

“We needed that to lift our spirits,” Griz coach Justin Cox said. “I thought the girls played great. We did well with our serving —  Abby (Abigail Wever) and Brittany (Lashell) put the ball deep which made it tough for Union Mine.”

Wever landed 10 aces on the evening and added some key blocks at the net. She was joined by the efforts of setter Jordyn Condit, Paige Murchison, Tristan Nedeigh, Becca Brown, Lashell, Elise Wilson, Jazmin Lutey-Willard, Kensie Clark and Lexi Chiaratti as the Garden Valley girls turned in a gritty comeback performance.

“We just didn’t want them (D’backs) to get the best of us. Our goal was to play as a team and not individuals,” Wever said.

Brooke Howton’s serve had Union Mine up 5-2 in the second set before the score evened out and was back-and-forth. Wever’s ace and a Nedeigh-Condit connection had the Grizzlies up 20-15 and in control before the D’backs pulled even after an Andrea Barnes’ kill. McKaela Vonasek landed an ace but Golden Sierra’s 3-0 run, highlighted by Murchison’s ace, closed the set.

Wever’s ace-laded service run shot the Griz to a 10-5 lead in the third set. Union Mine came on but failed to catch the Grizzlies.

Barnes, the last remaining member of the D’backs’ 2011 state title team, displayed the heart of a champion as she rallied her team in the fourth set. Union Mine, led by Gabrielle Fredricks, Vonasek, Russell and Jordyn Trulli, forced Murchison to hit away from the block but the Grizzly junior adjusted with a wind-but-tap over the D’back line to tie the score at 24s. Two unforced errors sent the match to the fifth set.

“We lost communication early and became confused but overall we came together and played really well,” Barnes said. “The fifth set was too quick for us … we didn’t do what we needed to do.”

Wever’s two taps at the net broke a 2-2 score and Golden Sierra never looked back. Kills from Murchison, another Wever ace and some Union Mine miscues carried the Grizzlies to the finish line.

“We came out strong but struggled with our service receive and passing,” D’back coach Kasey Del Rio said. “In fifth-set matches you have to make stops sooner and your comeback has to be at 8 (points) … not 12.”

 

 

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

.

News

No quick fix for California’s highways

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
More mountain lion sightings reported

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

Supervisor Nutting trial begins

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments | Gallery

 
Sanford murder case to jury

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

 
Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

By Treasurer-Tax Collector | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My turn: More than a buzzword

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4, 4 Comments

 
Building restored

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Outstanding dog

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

.

Letters

Misquote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 4 Comments

 
Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 5 Comments

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
‘Parents, be afraid’ letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 4 Comments

Ukranian situation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
.

Sports

Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

 
Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8