This year’s version of the Bishop Manogue volleyball team is a bit different than previous seasons.
But the results are the same.
Manogue beat McQueen, 3-1, (25-18, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22), Tuesday at Manogue. Alli Reviglio had nine kills, Emma Pence had seven and Sara Pool had six as the Miners improved to 11-2 overall, 5-0 in league.
Manogue senior Alli Reviglio said it’s up to the older players to show the newcomers how it’s done.
“We have to take a leadership role and lead by example. Show them the ropes so we can get to where we need to be,” Reviglio said. “Everyone’s on board and focused. … We don’t have those dominating players, so everyone has to do their part.”
Annika Kerns had 20 kills, four digs, two blocks and two aces as McQueen dropped to 9-5. Kaila Spevak had 13 kills, five digs and four aces; Alyssa Zucco had 15 digs; Natalie Kreig had 24 assists and two aces; and CJ Santella had 19 assists and five digs.
Last season, when the Miners rolled through league play with one loss and won the Northern title, the Lancers threw a scare into them early before losing 3-2.
Tuesday was similar. McQueen raced out to an 8-3 lead in the first game, before dropping back to earth. McQueen controlled the third game and he fourth was tied late, at 21.
“I know I don’t want to see McQueen again in the playoffs,” Manogue coach Jason Sterrett said. “McQueen played well. They came out, they really wanted it tonight. They were full of energy. We were on our heels all night.”
The Miners don’t have the power-packed front line this season like last, but rely on ball control and movement.
Hannah Kip had 13 digs and Reviglio had 12. Emma had 16 assists and five aces and Abby Guinn had 15 assists.
Manogue senior Jensen Oppio said the Miners had a letdown in energy in the third game Tuesday.
She said the Miners can learn from that.
“Anyone can be beaten on any given day,” she said. “We just need to play our hardest for future games.”
McQueen coach Dani Havenstrite said the pieces are in place for the Lancers.
“We’ve just go to limit all the big runs by other teams,” she said. “We battled with them and we beat them a lot of the time, but we let them go on giant runs.”
McQueen is at Carson on Thursday and at Spanish Springs next Tuesday. The Senators beat North Valleys on Tuesday.
The win sets up a showdown Wednesday night as Spanish Springs, ranked No. 3 in the state according to Maxpreps, is at Manogue for a 6 p.m. match. The Miners are ranked No. 5 in the state, although the poll has not been updated since last week.
“The nice thing is past years’ classes have left a pretty good legacy, a tradition of working hard,” Sterrett said. “This group has really worked hard in the offseason. They’re working well together. It’s a fun group.”
The Cougars swept Damonte Ranch 3-0 (25-23, 25-18 and 25-18) Tuesday as Emily Moore and Jordyn Boswell each had 11 kills. Mackenzie O’Connell dished out 34 assists. Kennedey Stroshine and Olivia Galletti each had eight digs as the Cougars improved to 19-3 overall, 6-0 in league.
Also Tuesday, Reed swept Wooster 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, and 25-19) to improve to 3-9, 1-4. And Reno beat Galena, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19 and 25-20).
Ali French had eight kills for the Grizzlies and Rilee Negron had nine digs.