Lady Miners recover to beat Santa Cruz

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Kiana Dietz hits the ball, keeping it in play. Photo by Abby Alcala

  After dropping the first set against Santa Cruz on Sept. 5, the San Manuel volleyball team won the next three sets and the match, 3 – 1 (13-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16).

  The win was San Manuel’s second of the season, evening the Lady Miners’ record at 2 – 2.

  “The girls played an outstanding match both offensively and defensively,” San Manuel head coach Patty St. Jeor told the San Manuel Miner. “We are working on playing well as a single unit and the girls are improving each game.”

Kiana Dietz serves. Photo by Abby Alcala

  Samantha Roan, Hannah Reidhead, Andrea Guerrero and Alicia Guerrero were all superb from the service line, according to St. Jeor.

  The Lady Miners are progressing in the right direction and St. Jeor believes her team will continue to improve as the season moves along. She credits new assistant coach Angelica “Jelly” Zuniga, a San Manuel alum and former Lady Miners’ three-sport star, for part of the team’s success so far.

  “If mistakes are made, we need to remain positive,” St. Joer said. “We need to eliminate getting down on ourselves, instead we need to pick each other up, which we are improving at.”

Up next: Globe at San Manuel on Friday, Sept. 14. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Andy Luberda (975 Posts)

Andrew Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working 15 years in Healthcare Financial Management.
Andy covers sports for 11 high schools. His stories are published in Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun, in addition to the San Tan Valley Daily PRSS and CopperArea websites. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles.
In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College before graduating with a BS in Communication from Arizona State University in 2014.
He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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