It took a three-game road victory, but the Union volleyball Lady ’Cats stand at the .500 mark with one week remaining in the regular season.
Union defeated Sullivan in three games Thursday night. Earlier in the week, the Lady ’Cats hosted their Dig Pink event in a two-game loss to Hermann. Union won its pool last Saturday at the St. Clair Tournament, but lost in the semifinals.
It took three games, but Union (11-11-1, 3-3) defeated Sullivan Thursday night, 15-25, 28-26, 25-17.
“Sullivan had their senior night and came out on fire and we started flat,” Union Head Coach Angie Morris said. “We won the second set 28-26. The last few plays were very intense but we came out on top. By the third set they figured it out and won 25-17. We struggled on serve receive initially but by the third set they were back to playing their game and making the big plays.”
Lauren Terschluse put on the libero jersey again and received credit for making big defensive plays along with Victoria Kramer.
Rachael Bassett and Clare Stowe recorded seven kills each to lead the offense. Emily Schroeder added three kills while Jillian Johnston and Maddy Weinhold posted one kill apiece.
“Rachael had one kill in the third set that excited everyone,” Morris said. “The team then rallied off the excitement and ended up with the win.”
Stowe was dominant at the net with nine solo blocks. Bassett added two and Weinhold posted one.
“I am very proud of how the girls played,” said Morris. “They did not give up. They were down for the first part of the game but made some adjustments and started to work together. It was great to see them get this win.”
Union has one league game remaining next week at home against New Haven Tuesday. Subvarsity action starts at 5:30 p.m. The Lady ’Cats play at Warrenton Monday with subvarsity action beginning at 5 p.m.
Union has been seeded third for the Class 3 District 8 Tournament it will host Oct. 22-23. Union will open against sixth-seeded St. James.
The Lady ’Cats fell Tuesday at home against Hermann on their Dig Pink night, 25-10, 25-11.
Union raised funds to fight breast cancer on the night.
“Well, we struggled with Hermann’s quick offense,” Morris said. “The Dig Pink was successful. We drew in a pretty large crowd and flooded the gym with PINK for the night. The girls have been very excited about this game.”
Morris said the junior varsity team dedicated its game to Pam Nowak, mother of player Emily Nowak.
“They tricked her into thinking she was going to have to line judge the game but then the entire team handed her a pink carnation before they walked onto the floor,” Morris said. “Pam is currently fighting breast cancer and the team wanted to acknowledge her courage and strength.”
The varsity team dedicated its match to Karen Basden, aunt of senior Jillian Johnston. She lost her fight with breast cancer in January, Morris said.
Morris cited the contributions of team managers Taylor Bond, Harley Davis, Alex Holmes and Alyssa Reiker for making the event a success.
“I want to thank Taylor and Harley especially for all of their hard work,” Morris said. “We gave them the responsibility and they ran away with it. I could not be prouder of how much they accomplished together and how well the night went because to them.”
Jamie Gleeson led Hermann with six kills while Emilie Diebal added five and Kirsten Leimkuehler had three.
Gleeson had two blocks. Abby Witthaus posted 17 assists and Natalie Witte had five aces.
For Union, Schroeder led the way with three kills while Bassett ended with two.
Bassett had three blocks. Elli Aldrich posted three assists and Schroeder had three aces.
St. Clair Tournament
Winning its pool title, the Union volleyball squad had a successful day last Saturday at the St. Clair Tournament.
Union defeated Viburnum and Sullivan in pool play and split with Warrenton to earn the top seed from the pool.
However, in the semifinals, Union fell to the host St. Clair squad. There was no third-place game.
“We played amazing during pool play and ended up first in our pool,” Union Head Coach Angie Morris said. “I was very proud of the girls.”
played the first part of the day.”
Union struggled against St. Clair, a team it beat earlier in the week during a Four Rivers Conference match in Union.
“I am not sure what happened when we changed gyms (Union’s pool was in a different gym at the St. Clair campus) but we struggled in the first set and St. Clair took an early 5-0 lead,” Morris said. “We were able to pull it together and win that set. However we ended up losing the match. I am very disappointed and wanted to go on to have another chance at Pacific.”
Dewert said several players turned in solid performances.
“Rachael (Bassett) and Clare (Stowe) were dominant in the middle,” Morris said. “Beccah (Kramer) and Elli (Aldrich) moved the ball around and most of our hitters (Jillian Johnston, Lizzy Birkman and Maddy Weinhold) were able to get some kills throughout the day. Victoria (Kramer), Lauren (Terschluse) and Emily Schroeder were amazing on defense.”
Morris indicated that things went great during pool play.
“We had so much fun during pool play,” Morris said. “I think the mood changed when we started to play St. Clair and we were not able to recover from that. It is very unfortunate that we stopped communicating and trusting our teammates.”