It was a match that reflected much of the season.
Hosting Hillsboro Monday, the Union volleyball Lady ’Cats fell in three sets, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16.
It was the fifth time Union (3-13) has gone to a third set. And, the Lady ’Cats dropped to 2-3 in those matches.
The real winner on the night was the fight against Ovarian Cancer.
“It was our teal night and we were so successful we raised about $1,000 to donate to the (Dianne Schwentker) family,” Union Head Coach Kelli Bailey said. “We cannot thank our friends and family enough for coming out and showing their support.”
Union started the match strong, Bailey indicated.
“Our first set, we came out on fire,” Bailey said. “We looked smooth and confident in our actions. We were covering our hitters, talking and moving. Hillsboro started tipping right behind our blockers which set us back a little bit but we were able to use our momentum to take us to the end of the set with a win.”
Union’s struggles to win consecutive games showed up again in the second game.
“The second set, we started out well again,” Bailey said. “About mid set, we lost our momentum to a couple of good hits and that little waver in play allowed Hillsboro to get ahead on us. We missed seven serves, which I feel cost us the set.”
Union still had a chance to rally.
“Going into the third set we knew we had to play our game,” said Bailey. “This did not happen right off the bat. We were slow moving, not talking as much, and allowed them to get a lead. This lead made it difficult to come back against them.”
Bailey said there were standouts for the match.
“Rachel Clark had an amazing match with her defensive hustle plays,” Bailey said. “This was contagious with our team and Makayla Bevfoden also had some great hustle plays as well. Kailey Wagnaar really stepped up in back row as well with some great serve receive and defense.”
Bailey said Hillsboro kept the ball away from the libero.
“Our other players had to step up which they did,” said Bailey.
Taylor Seely led the attack with eight of the team’s 33 kills for the night. Amanda Schroeder was next with six. Bevfoden, Sara Ockleston and Deseray Washington each posted four kills. Zella Vinluan had three and Clark and Amber Fregalette each had two kills.
Wagnaar led the defense with 11 digs. Clark was next with seven. Kylie Cudney posted six, Schroder had four and Seely and Vinluan each recorded three. Fregalette had two and Bevfoden and Abby Phillips posted one apiece.
Schroeder had nine assists and Fregalette added five.
Schroeder served four aces, Vinluan had two and Wagnaar contributed one.
Union went 0-3 in pool play last week at the Hermann Tournament, falling out of contention on the opening night.
Seely had eight kills in the three matches to lead the team. Phillips and Clark each had 16 digs. Schroeder and Wagnaar each served two aces.
Union plays this week at New Haven Tuesday and at home against Pacific Thursday. Both are Four Rivers Conference matches.
The Lady ’Cats go to the St. Clair Tournament Saturday.
Senior night will be next Tuesday against St. James.