Welcoming a potential district opponent and former teammate, Union defeated Cuba Monday in volleyball, 23-25, 25-15, 25-19,

“Coming into this game knowing that we could see them at the district, we had to have a good game,” Union Head Coach Kelli Bailey said.

The match also marked the return of former teammate Taylor Montalbano, who transferred to Cuba. She made a mark against her former school.

Union fought back to win the second game.

Bailey said Makayla Bevfoden had a big set. She had four kills, one block and one dig for the match.

“Makayla Bevfoden had some really great swings and finally looked confident in her position,” Bailey said.  

Others stepped up in the third game.

“Taylor Seely did a great job of getting her team excited and having fun,” Bailey said. “Abby Phillips did a great job for us on defense. She was taking control and telling girls where the ball was going to be going. Her read on a hitter is a great asset to have.”

Seely led the team with 10 kills and added four digs and one block. Phillips had 10 digs and two aces.

“Though we didn’t end with our goal of keeping them under 15 in the third set, we still had a really good set against Cuba,” Bailey said. “Coming home with a win is always a great feeling and I hope the girls strive to have that feeling all the time.”

Zella Vinluan had nine kills while Amanda Schroeder posted four and Amber Fregalette had two.

Fregalette served seven aces. Schroeder was next with six. Kailey Wagnaar ended with two and Vinluan had one.

Vinluan had eight digs. Wagnaar posted five, Kylie Cudney had four, Schroeder posted two and Fregalette added one.

Sara Ockleston had a block. Schroeder recorded 13 assists, Fregalette had six and Ocleston ended with one.