GARDEN VALLEY — Quick sets led to a fast victory for the Golden Sierra High boys volleyball team which defeated Sierra Valley Conference and intra-country opponent Union Mine in straight sets Thursday inside Hedlund Gym, 25-8, 25-14, 25-15.
“We’ve played better defensively,” Golden Sierra head coach Glenn Linka said. “Today, we were playing with some different offenses.”
Golden Sierra (2-1, 5-1) wasted little time in its first set in beating Union Mine (1-3), using quick strikes and attacking at the net for the win.
In the second set, Union Mine’s defense tried to counter Golden Sierra’s offensive attacks at the net, and kept the game close. But the Grizzlies pulled away to take a 2-0 lead.
Union Mine head coach Jennifer Spitzer, in her first year, was pleased with her team’s hustle on the floor and feels her players will continue to improve as the season progresses.
“We’re a young team,” said Spitzer, who coached the Lady Diamondbacks’ freshman volleyball team last fall. “It’s all new to them.”
In the final set, Golden Sierra jumped out to a 14-9 lead thanks to plenty of passing and kills from multiple players. But the D’backs rallied behind the play of middle hitters Michael Stevenson and Aaron Quinnekk to trim the lead to 14-13. The Grizzlies closed out the set with an 11-1 run behind kills from middle blocker Rocky Sacks and two aces from setter Matt Smith for the win.
Linka has plenty of experience on the squad. Five seniors and six juniors make up the 13-player roster. Outside hitter Brian Cann, a junior, played on last year’s team as a sophomore.
“We’ve got returning players, so we’re running on that momentum,” Linka said. “We had a lot of boys turn out this year.”
Sacks had 11 kills in the match, Cann eight and outside hitter Gracen Christiansen seven. Sacks also had four blocked shots.
From serving behind the line, Smith had nine aces for Golden Sierra. Libero Defensive specialist Eric Yamzon had 13 digs and Smith seven.
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