If even the mighty Bishop Manogue team is vulnerable, there’s hope for all the Division I volleyball teams.
As the Northern Division I volleyball Regional playoffs begin Tuesday, the Miners will be coming off a loss to a Nevada team for the first time all season.
Carson had an outstanding defensive effort to beat Manogue (31-6 overall, 15-1 in league) on Tuesday, 3-2, (25-19, 27-15, 20-25, 25-19) at Carson.
The Senators had 94 team digs in the win, 31 by freshman Abby Pradere, in improving to 12-3 in league, and senior Juliana Anderson had 20 kills.
The loss could just fire up the Miners, though. Manogue lost in the semifinals of the playoffs last year and missed out on a state tournament berth.
“We came out flat and they’re a good team,” Manogue senior Katelyn Oppio said. “It’s hard to come back against a good team.”
Oppio said the loss will motivate the Miners. It will also help them learn to stick to their usual game strategy. Carson found a way to take them out of it.
Oppio is third in the state in kills, first in the North, with 367. Whitney Nihipali from Shadow Ridge in Las Vegas has 453. Oppio, who will play for Gonzaga in college, is second in the state in hitting percentage at .407. Hayley Huntsman from Bonanza is first at .468. Manogue senior Mikaela DeRicco leads the state in assists with 975.
“We can’t be scared to make mistakes. We have to all be committed 100 percent,” Oppio said.
Manogue coach Jason Sterrett said the Senators took the Miners out of their usual game plan.
He said the Divison I playoffs are wide open.
“We were very well aware coming into this season that there’s a lot of great teams,” Sterrett said. “We knew it was going to be a battle.”
Maddie Peterson from Carson leads the state in total blocks with 108. Isabelle Peterson from Douglas is second with 79.
“They just kept us out of system,” Sterrett said of the Senators. “They played hard. It was an emotional night for their Senior Night. They just outworked us.”
The playoffs begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Reed will be at Manogue, Reno at Carson; Douglas at McQueen and Damonte Ranch is at Spanish Springs.
Semifinals are Thursday at Manogue at 5 and 7 p.m. and the championship is at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Manogue. Only one team from the North advances to state, Nov. 13-14 in Las Vegas.
“This year will probably be the most exciting playoffs in a while,” Sterrett said. “It’s very even across the board and you’re going to have to have a really good night in order to beat somebody.”
Division I North Regional
Tuesday: 6 p.m. – Tuesday. Reed at Bishop Manogue, Reno at Carson; Douglas at McQueen; Damonte Ranch at Spanish Springs.
High Desert 1) McQueen, 13-3; 2) Spanish Springs, 11-4; 3) Reno, 8-8; 4) Reed, 4-11; 5) North Valleys, 1-14; 6) Hug, 0-15.
Sierra 1) Bishop Manogue, 15-1; 2) Carson, 12-3; 3) Damonte Ranch, 12-4; 4) Douglas, 8-7; 5) Galena, 5-11; 6) Wooster, 4-12.