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Union Volleyball News

September 16, 2009
Dysart Reporter

Union vs BCLUW Union wins 3-0 over BCLUW Game 1: 25-15 Game 2: 25-12 Game 3: 25-11 Stats: Kills: Ashley Hager 13 kills Lauren Bauer 4 kills Casey Barney 4 kills. Serving: Lauren Bauer 19/22 10 aces 13 points Sara Jesse 20/21 3 aces 10 points Ashley Hager 15-18 6 aces 10 points. Assists: Sara Jesse 23 assists. Digs: Tori Zempel 6 digs. Blocks: Sara Jesse 2 blocks

The Union Knights volleyball team got the 2009 season off to a great start with a 3-0 sweep at Conrad on Sept. 3. The Knights would ride a dominating serving performance to the victory. Senior Lauren Bauer would have a great night jump serving. Bauer would tally 10 ace serves. "Lauren has a great serve when its clicking. "She really broke open both the first and third games with her serves. Sara Jesse and Ashley Hager also had great nights serving." On offense, Senior outside hitter Ashley Hager had 13 kills to lead the Knights. "Ashley is ready to have a great Senior year for us. She had 285 kills last year, and she has looked outstanding during our early season practices." The keys tonight for us was our aggressive serving, and our serve receive passing, which was solid. The Knights travel to Vinton on Saturday for the always tough Viking Invitational. Schmitz also credited Megan Clark and Kelsi Hilmer for their excellent serve receive passing. "We were able to get all 14 of our varsity girls into the match tonight, which was great. I was happy with our focus and execution. I know the girls were anxious to play after over three weeks of practice."

Key stats: Serving:Sara Jesse16/19 3 ace serves 15 points Casey Barney 10/13 1 ace serve 9 points Serve Receive Passing:

Megan Clark 13/14

Casey Barney14/18 Tori Zempel 5/5

Assists:Sara Jesse 26 assists out of 61 attempts

Kills: Ashley Hager 11 kills Mary Wrage 10 kills Lauren Bauer 8 kills Megan Clark 8 kills Digs:Tori Zempel 7 digs Ashley Hager 6 digs Blocks: Mary Wrage 1 block Megan Clark 1 block Casey Barney 1 block

The Union Knights Volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the NICL (East) conference play, and 4-2 overall, with a 3-0 sweep of NUHS Little Panthers. The Knights rode the strong play of Senior Megan Clark who collected 8 killsand also was 13/14 in serve receive passing. "Megan came out and had her best match of the season tonight. She had some very big kills for us in the frontrow, and was our top serve receive passer throughout the night." The Little Panthers would battle the Knights throughout most of the match, with scrappy defense and consistant serving. Union would struggle with unforced errors during the match, as the Knights committed 15 service errors and had 26 hitting errors in the three games. "We struggled with our serving and hitting tonight. 41 unforced errors in three games will not make a coach smile. We need to make better choices and play much more consistant. I got to give NUHS alot of credit, they played hard and kept alot of balls alive that looked like points for Union." The Knights managed to pull away late in both the first two games. Sara Jesse's serving and the hitting of Megan Clark and Ashley Hager were keys to the Knights success. The Knights played well in game 3, highlighted by the hitting of Mary Wrage and Lauren Bauer. "It was nice to come in here and get

a win. We just need to sharpen up our play as we head in to

the East Marshall Tournament this Saturday in LeGrande.

Union goes 4-1 for the day, and places 2nd at East Marshall VB Tournament Pool Play: Union defeats Rolland Story 2-1 21-15, 21-23, 15-7 Union defeats West Marshall 2-1 19-21, 23-21, 16-14 Union defeats Tri-County 21-9, 21-11 Semi-Finals: Union defeats East Marshall 2-0 25-8, 25-13 Finals: Union loses to Bondurant-Farrar 2-0 16-25, 20-25 Stats: Serving: Casey Barney 45/50 4 aces 31 points Megan Clark28/32 4 aces 19 points Serve Receive Passing: Megan Clark34/46 Casey Barney 30/38 Ashley Hager 22/28 Assists: Sara Jesse 82 assists Jayme Ollendieck 8 assists Kills: Casey Barney37 kills Ashley Hager34 kills Lauren Bauer20 kills Digs: Casey Barney 29 digs Tori Zempel 27 digs Blocks: Mary Wrage 3 blocks Ashley Hager2 blocks

The Union Knights Volleyball team had a good day at the East Marshall Volleyball Tournament on Sept. 12. The Knights would post a 4 and 1 match record for the day, and place second to Bondurant-Farrar. In Pool play, the Knights would first take on Rolland Story, who came into the day with a 3-0 record. The Knights would win game 1 by a score of 21-15. Rolland Story would rally late, and take game 2 by the score of 21-23. In game 3, the Knights were able to stretch out to a 11-3 lead behind the serving of Sara Jesse, and the front row hitting of Casey Barney and Lauren Bauer.The Knights finished off Rolland Story 15-7 in game 3. Next up, the Knights would have another tough match against West Marshall. The Knights seemed to have a comfortable 16-8 lead, before West Marshall stormed back to score 9 straight points. The Knights would drop game 1 21-19. In game 2, Union would continue to battle, but trailed late 21-20. A West Marshall service error allowed Union to tie the score, and Megan Clark would come through with two straight service points to pull out a 23-21 win. Game 3 would also be back and forth. An Ashley Hager kill would tie the score at 14-14. Sara Jesse would deliver an ace serve off the net chord for Union to pull out a 16-14 win. In the final round, Union would cruise to a 21-9 and 21-11 win over Tri-County. Sam Barz would have a nice service run in game 1, as the freshman would run off 8 straight points. Erica Barz would post 3 kills, while Hayle Davison would add 2 kills in game 1. In semi-final play, Union would top East Marshall 25-8 and 25-13. In the finals, Union would face Bondurant-Farrar, a rematch from last years final. The Knights would struggle to stop the taller Bondurant team, and drop both games. "I was really happy with the girls focus and effort today. We had some tremondously tough matches today with alot of pressure. It was a good experience for our younger players. I was happy with the way everyone responded. Bondurant has a very good team, they play very good defense, and really hit well. We need to block more consistantly, and avoid giving up big runs of points." The Knights now stand 8-3 for the young season. Union next travels to Denver on Tuesday to take on the Cyclones.



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