Hosting an eight-team jamboree Tuesday evening, the Union volleyball Lady ’Cats learned quite a bit about its 2014 squad.
Union took on perennial state power St. Joseph’s Academy, Francis Howell Central and Pacific in its pool. Also playing in the other pool were St. Clair, Sullivan, Rockwood Summit and St. James.
“Overall I think the Jamboree went well,” Union Head Coach Angie Morris said. “We enjoy hosting the event and I hope the other coaches felt it was as productive as I did.”
Morris complimented area teams in the other pool as well.
“Last night it looked like Sullivan and St. Clair were doing well,” said Morris.
Morris said the team learned from the experience, but was unable to win any sets.
“Unfortunately, we did not come out ahead in any of the sets we played but I felt we played well and the girls gave great effort,” Morris said. “We have some great talent and they are starting to put that all together and work as a team. I am very proud of the effort they gave last night.”
Morris said there is plenty of room for improvement.
“We need to work on both offense and defense,” said Morris. “Building confidence will be the key to this team.”
Even though Union didn’t win any sets, Morris noted strong play.
“I was extremely impressed with Taylor Gaebe and Lydia Klenke,” Morris said. “They both played with intensity and made some great plays. Brooke Pope and Jessie Kelly showed their ability to apply what they have learned in practice and did a fantastic job in the middle.”
Union was without senior setter Katilin Voss and Morris had to make adjustments.
“Our senior setter was not able to play last night, so Kacie Weatherly had to step up and take on the full responsibility of setting a 5-1 and she did an amazing job,” Morris said.
Union had one injury as senior libero Emily Nowak hurt an arm.
“Emily Nowak hurt her arm before the second match and was unable to continue playing,” Morris said. “I believe it was a sprain but she seems to be doing better today.”
Union heads on the road Tuesday to open the season at Potosi. Subvarsity action starts at 5 p.m.
Next Thursday, Union will host Battle with freshman and junior varsity action opening the day at 5:30 p.m.
Morris felt there were no surprises in Union’s district assignment, Class 3 District 8 along with Borgia, Owensville, Salem, St. Clair, St. James and Sullivan.
Union will host the district tournament this year and it’s believed Owensville will have the district event in 2015.