Bishop Manogue went to five games for the first time all year, but the Miners handled the pressure and beat Carson, 25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 15-25, 15-12, in Northern 4A volleyball Tuesday at Manogue.
Alli Reviglio had 21 kills and Mary Redl-Harge had 14 as the Miners improved to 13-0 in league, 20-5 overall.
Three games remain in the regular season before the Regional tournament begins Nov. 1. Manogue is the defending Region champion.
Last year, the Miners beat Carson for the championship, and the Senators showed they will be a factor again this year.
Manogue assistant coach Alex Cirac, stepping in for Jason Sterrett who was out with a family emergency, said the Senators are very good defensively and that can frustrate opposing teams.
“They started attacking the ball in some places they weren’t before,” Cirac said. “And they got better as the night went on.”
Cirac said playing five games will be good preparation for the playoffs.
Carson raced out to big lead in the fourth game, going up 17-6, and cruised to the win.
“It’s good to see a little bit of pressure before the postseason and see how we bump through that,” Cirac said.
Before the fifth, Cirac told the Miners it was in their hands and to get after it.
Emma Hansen dished out 24 assists, and Becca Smith had three aces. Hannah Kip had 20 digs and Reviglio had 16.
Reviglio said the Miners’ energy dropped after winning the first two games.
“They really came out and wanted to beat us and we weren’t ready for that,” she said of the third game. “In the fifth game, it was really a test to our pride.”
Carson coach Bob Maw changed his lineup in the third game, moving Keelin Pilgrim to the right side which gave the Senators more firepower. He moved his middles to the left to get blocks.
He said the passing Tuesday was better than it has been all season. But he was not happy with several unforced errors.
“I think we sent a shot across the bow that, hey, we’re here and you’re not just going to blow through it. We’re going to give you a run for your money,” Maw said.
Jaycie Roberts led Carson with 24 kills and 18 digs. Shea DeJoseph, a sophomore, had 14 kills and six digs.
Abby Pradere, also a sophomore, had 21 digs and Natalie Anderson had three aces.
Also Tuesday, Spanish Springs beat North Valleys as Emily Moore had 11 kills. Jordyn Boswell had 10 kills and Mackenzie O’Connell had 22 assists as the Cougars improved to 10-2, 28-6. O’Connell had seven digs and six aces. Kennedey Stroshine had eight digs.
Spanish Springs plays at McQueen on Wednesday night.
Reno beat Reed, 25-14, 25-15 and 25-11 as Parker Buddy had 15 kills and Kyra Johannessen had 10 kills and three aces. Karson Nakagawa had 30 assists and Namahana Atoa had 20 digs. Buddy had 10 digs.
McQueen beat Hug, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14 as Sam Valele had 10 kills and Chloe Vandermark had seven. Rachel Petersen had six aces and Tanner Dickson had 30 assists and four aces.
Galena beat Wooster, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-21, as Ali French had 14 kills and two blocks.
Rya Cirillo had seven kills and Rilee Negron had 15 digs. Faith bennett had 17 assists and Taylor Crofoot had 15 for the Grizzlies.