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“Comments from the Coach”

September 23, 2009
Dysart Reporter

Union Stats:


Casey Barney 51/56, 13 ace serves, 39 points

Sara Jesse: 42/46, 6 ace serves, 30 points

Serve Receive Passing:

Tori Zempel, 22/31

Casey Barney, 21/31


Sara Jesse, 99 assists

Lauren Bauer ,6 assists


Ashley Hager37 kills

Casey Barney26 kills


Tori Zempel21 digs

Casey Barney15 digs


Mary Wrage 6 blocks

Megan Clark5 blocks

Pool 1:

Union 3-0

North Tama 2-1

MFL-Mar Ma1-2

Central City0-3

Union defeats MFL-Mar Mac 21-13, 21-8

Union defeats Central City 21-8, 21-12

Union defeats North Tama 21-16, 21-17

North Tama defeats MFL-Mar Mac 21-7, 21-14

North Tama defeats Central City 21-13, 21-14

MFL-Mar Mac defeats

Central City 21-18, 17-21, 15-10

Pool 2:


Hudson 2-1

East Marshall 1-2

North Linn 0-3

Vinton-Shellsburg defeats Hudson 21-17, 22-20

Vinton-Shellsburg defeats East Marshall21-11, 21-16

Vinton-Shellsburg defeats North Linn21-11, 21-8

Hudson defeats East Marshall 21-8, 21-12

Hudson defeats North Linn 21-14, 21-11

East Marshall defeats North Linn19-21, 21-14, 15-11


Union defeats Hudson 25-11, 19-25, 15-9

Vinton-Shellsburg defeats North Tama25-23, 25-11


Union defeats Vinton-Shellsburg25-19, 25-23

For the fifth straight year, Union and Vinton-Shellsburg would meet in the finals of the Union Volleyball Tournament in La Porte City. The Knights were able to come away with a hard fought 2-0 finals win over the Vikings, to claim the 2009 championship. Union would go a perfect 5-0 in matches for the day, and improved their 2009 season record to 14-3. In pool play, Union would cruise past MFL-Mar Mac and Central City, to set up a match-up with #15 rated in class 1A, North Tama Redhawks. The Knights would ride the strong play of Sara Jesse setting, and the front row hitting of Ashley Hager, and Lauren Bauer to a 2 game sweep. In semi-final play, Union would take on NICL Conference rival Hudson. Union would claim game 1 by the score of 25-11." We got on a roll in game 1, and Hudson never really got there game going." In game 2, Hudson would battle back to give Union its only loss of the day, winning 25-19. Game 3, Union would get its offense going again, and come away with a 15-9 win. For the match, Ashley Hager would collect 11 kills, while Casey Barney would chip in with 8 kills.In the finals, Union would take on Vinton-Shellsburg, who had not lost a game throughout the day. Game 1 would see Union ride the serving of Kelsi Himer and Sara Jesse to pull away from a tight 13-13 game, to lead 21-14. Leading the offense would be Casey Barney and Lauren Bauer. The Knights would finish off Vinton by the score of 25-19. Game 2 would see the Vikings jump to an early 4-1 lead. The Knights and Vinton would battle back and forth throughout the game. With the score at 21 to 20 in Union's favor, a big kill by Megan Clark would give Union a 22-20 lead. Clark was not done yet, as the Senior Middle Hitter would come through with two more big kills to put Union to withing one point of the championship. At 24-22 Union, Vinton would force a sideout and pull to withing 24-23. An errant serve would finish off Vinton and give Union its third tournament championship in the past four years. "We had so many of our girls step up and make key contributions today. Megan Clark was fantastic down the stretch for us, she had three crucial kills for us down the stretch of game 2 in the finals. Ashley Hager had a fantastic day. She had 37 kills, and a hitting efficiency of .351 for the day. That was one of the real keys today for us, we cut down on our unforced errors. Our team hitting effieciency for the day was .322, which is a nice improvement for us. Our focus and overall hustle was excellent." The Knights will have just a day or two to enjoy the wins, as the Knights travel to Hudson for a crucial NICL(East) match on Tuesday. "Hudson has an excellent club this year, we will have to be ready for a tremendous battle on Tuesday." The Knights are 3-0 in conference play, and 14-3 overall.



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