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Union sweeps Battle, grabs share of Mountain 7 title

Kevin Mays • Oct 18, 2018 at 11:30 PM

BIG STONE GAP — Union’s front line provided the punch it needed to claim a share of the Mountain 7 District volleyball championship Thursday.

The Lady Bears racked up 54 kills in a 3-0 sweep of the John Battle Lady Trojans.

With the win, Union (18-4, 11-1) earned the regular-season district co-championship.

Abingdon (19-7, 11-1) took a 3-0 win over Wise Central Tuesday to earn a Mountain 7 regular-season co-championship.

Union and Abingdon will meet Saturday at Ridgeview at noon in a playoff match to determine the district’s No. 1 seed in the Mountain 7 tournament and the host of the semifinals and finals in the district tourney.

TUESDAY’S WIN

Union earned the Mountain 7 co-championship Tuesday by using strong play on the front line to take a 25-10, 25-20, 25-20 win over the visiting Lady Trojans (10-13, 7-5).

Emili Brooks led the Lady Bears with 23 kills and 10 digs, while Meghan Blagg had 14 kills and Jayda Smith finished with 11 kills.

Zoe Brooks added 46 assists for Union.

Defensively, Audrey Gilliam recorded 23 digs and Pia Morgan finished with 11 digs.

TOO MANY MISTAKES

Union dominated the first set, but gave up plenty of points in the second and third sets on return and service errors.

John Battle gained 10 points in the second set and 13 points in the third set on Union return and service errors.

“I feel like we made a lot of unforced errors,” said Union coach Kim Moore. “I think John Battle had a good game plan. They’re well coached.”

John Battle seemed to be on the way to a set win by jumping out to an 8-1 lead in the third game.

The Lady Trojans held a 17-14 lead in the middle of the set before Union closed out the game with an 11-3 scoring run to win the set and the match.

“The biggest thing we take from this win tonight is that we dug ourselves a hole and we were mentally tough enough to dig ourselves out of it and get the win,” said Moore. “So I think we grew up a little tonight in that respect.”

John Battle got six kills and three blocks from Emma Harmon, while Michaela Monk had five kills.

The Lady Trojans also got 15 assists from Keelie Pippin, while Alyssa Maiden had 13 digs and Bethany Smith finished with 12 digs.

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