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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 4:45 pm

Despite dropping the first set of the season, the Union volleyball Lady ’Cats were up to the challenge Tuesday.

The Lady ’Cats (2-0) recorded a three-game home win over Potosi, 17-25, 25-22, 25-19.

Union hit the road Thursday, 25-11, 25-17 against Battle High School in Columbia.

The Lady ’Cats are back in action next Tuesday on the road at Mehlville. Subvarsity action starts at 5:30 p.m.

The next home match is next Thursday against North County. Subvarsity matches begin at 5:30 p.m.

Potosi

Union had chances in all three games, but only was able to capitalize in the second and third.

“We started off slow, but it was good that the girls started playing together,” said Union Head Coach Angie Morris. “We finally started to communicate and make the big plays when they needed to. Once they started to communicate, we did well.”

After playing close for the first 15 points, Potosi was able to pull away somewhat. Union did close to within three points, 19-16, but couldn’t press closer.

In the second game, Union came out and scored four of the first five points.

Potosi came back and tied it at 19-19. But Union was able to separate itself after that and won, 25-22.

“By the third game, we finally found our groove,” Morris said. “We found what was working. The girls were making some big plays. They were trying to hit the open spots and they were doing that. That gave us the confidence we needed and gave us the momentum we needed.”

Senior Clare Stowe came alive near the end of the second game.

“Clare can be a strong offensive force,” Morris said. “She found where she needed to be.”

In the third, the Lady ’Cats got some big net play from Brooke Pope.

Pope served three aces in a row to help Union pull away from Potosi after the set had been tied at 15-15.

“Brooke was doing a good job putting up a big block and hitting, too,” Morris said. “She’s been working really hard on her serve. Those aces put us out on top.”

Pope also checked in with six kills and seven total blocks, including three solos.

Stowe posted four kills and six blocks, including three solos.

Maddy Weinhold ended with three blocks.

“I thought Lizzy Birkmann did a fantastic job, also,” Morris said.

“Overall, we need to work on serving, but we hit quite a few near the end,” Morris said.

Battle

The Lady ’Cats hit the road Thursday night and handed new Columbia school Battle a two-game loss.

Union also won both of the subvarsity matches in two games.

“The girls played an amazing first set,” Morris said. “They came out and played their game by serving and hitting aggressively. We put up a big block and the defense did a great job.”

Morris said Weinhold played a key role in the second game and Battle had trouble returning her serves.

“We started off struggling in the second set but Maddy Weinhold forced us ahead in the game with six consecutive aces,” Morris said. “She was on fire! She also did well placing the ball on offense.”

Stowe and Pope remained consistent offensive forces in the match.

“Clare and Brooke were dominating forces in the middle,” Morris said. “Clare had five kills and four blocks. Brooke had three kills and three blocks.”

Gaebe posted one kill and three blocks.

“They played as a team and communication was a big factor,” Morris said.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Monday, April 21

Lutheran SC 3, Borgia 0

*Pacific 6, St. Clair 5

Tuesday, April 22

*Washington 9, Ft. Zumwalt North 8

Wednesday, April 23

*Ft. Zumwalt North 6, Washington 3

Borgia 7, Trinity 0

Farmington 9, Union 6

Thursday, April 24

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Winfield    4:30 p.m.

*Union vs. Sullivan (GCS Ballpark)    5 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Kirkwood    10 a.m.

St. Clair at Farmington    10 a.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    noon

St. Clair vs. Oakville (at Farmington)    12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 21

*Holt 2, Washington 0

*Pacific 10, St. James 0

Borgia 3, Lutheran SC 2 (OT)

Tuesday, April 22

Hillsboro 1, St. Clair 0

*Washington 3, Ft. Zumwalt East 2

*Union 2, Sullivan 0

*Owensville 3, Pacific 2

Wednesday, April 23

Incarnate Word 5, Union 1

Borgia 3, Trinity 0

Thursday, April 24

St. Clair at Northwest    4 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    5 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at FZN    5 p.m.

Golf

Monday, April 21

Warrenton 155, Washington 157 (Medalist-War E. Luecke 32)

Tuesday, April 22

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

Borgia at AAA Tny    1 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Borgia at St. Mary’s 3:30 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    4 p.m.

*St. Clair at Owensville    4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 22

Washington Nix Relays (Timberland won both divisions)

Friday, April 25

Owensville Inv    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Potosi Inv    4 p.m

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Ladue    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 23

Borgia def. North Tech, 25-14, 25-16

Thursday, April 24

Bayless at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Monday, April 21

*ECC at St. Louis (Split-St. Louis won first game, 6-5, ECC won second game in eight innings, 9-8)

Wednesday, April 23

*ECC Split with Three Rivers (G1 Three Rivers 5, ECC 0; G2 ECC 4, Three Rivers 3)

Friday, April 25

NJCAA Division II Region 16 Tournament in Farmington

Double Elimination

(1) ECC vs. (4) Cottey, noon

(2) Mineral Area vs. (3) St. Louis, noon

Winners' game, 2 p.m.

Loseers' game, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

NCAA Men's Basketball News