While junior outside hitter Taylor Seely was named to the St. Clair Tournament all-event team, it wasn’t an optimal Saturday for the Union volleyball Lady ’Cats.
Union (3-18) dropped all four of its matches Saturday at the event.
In pool play:
• Summersville defeated Union, 25-21, 25-17;
• St. Clair defeated Union, 25-15, 25-20; and
• Warrenton defeated Union, 25-23, 25-19.
In bracket play, St. Clair defeated Union, 25-18, 25-22.
“Moving into bracket play without a win was a little tough to swallow,” Union Head Coach Kelli Bailey said. “All of us wanted at least one so badly and were disappointed when we didn’t get one, especially after playing well. We had to go against St. Clair for the second time in the day. We wanted redemption, bad.”
Bailey indicated little things added up in all of the matches.
Against Summersville, Union started out with the lead, but struggled against tips late in the first set. The inability to finish made a difference in the second set.
“We again started off strong but we just could not put the ball away,” Bailey said. “Our digs and serve receive were there but our front row just couldn’t connect.”
In the pool match against St. Clair, Bailey said several players stepped up, but it wasn’t enough.
“Taylor Seely did a fantastic job of stepping up and taking the overpass hits and tips,” Bailey said. “Kailey Wagnaar and Rachel Clark also had a spectacular defensive game but, again, our hitters just couldn’t make those connections with our setters. We just kept sending the ball to the same place which made it easy for St. Clair to read and get digs.”
Union played close with Warrenton in the final pool match. Warrenton went on to win the tournament over Summersville.
Union had to play from a deficit in the second game.
“Kailey Wagnaar and Abby Phillips did great in the back row by reading their hitters,” Bailey said. “We just couldn’t get that translated to a kill.”
In the bracket match against St. Clair, Bailey said Makayla Bevfoden made a difference in the second game and Union was able to make a run. Missed serves near the end allowed St. Clair to win it.
Bevfoden’s five kills in that match was tops for the day. She also had three solo blocks.
Union hosts St. James Tuesday for senior night. The Lady ’Cats play Thursday at St. Clair and next Monday at Warrenton.