That didn’t stop the teams from playing for pride.
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Both squads fought for every single point in every set before the Lady Bears pulled away with a 25-20, 23-25, 28-26, 25-21 victory over the Lady Falcons in a marathon match on Thursday night.
Union (21-4) will host the Region 2D tournament semifinals and championship next week as the No. 1 seed out of the Mountain 7. Abingdon (21-9) will play in the Region 3D tournament next week, but the seeding has not been finalized.
BIG LINE, BIG NUMBERS
Union racked up 53 kills, led by Emili Brooks’ 25. Brooks also had two blocks.
Meghan Blagg added 14 kills and Jayda Smith had eight.
Zoe Brooks piled up 46 assists for the Lady Bears, Audrey Gilliam had 32 digs, and Pia Morgan and Krista Meridith chipped in with 11 digs apiece.
Abingdon got 14 kills and three aces from Morgan Blevins, and Katie Harless had nine kills, 17 assists and 12 digs.
In the consolation match, John Battle gained the Mountain 7’s second seed and a home match for the Region 2D quarterfinals with a 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 win over Gate City.
The Lady Trojans (12-14) will host the Southwest District’s No. 3 seed, most likely Virginia High or Marion, on Tuesday in the regional quarterfinals.
The Lady Blue Devils (18-11) will travel, most likely to either Marion or Virginia High, on Tuesday in another regional semifinal.
Michaela Monk finished with 11 kills, two blocks and 31 digs and Emma Harmon had 11 kills and five blocks for Battle.
The Lady Trojans also got 34 assists and 15 digs from Keelie Pippin, 44 digs from Bethany Smith and 24 digs and seven kills from Alyssa Maiden.
Gate City got 22 kills from Kinslee Hammonds, 14 kills and 22 digs from Bel Sallee, 10 kills and 18 digs from Sarah Thompson, and 57 assists from Lexie Summers.