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Union in command throughout win over Central

Kevin Mays • Oct 16, 2019 at 2:54 AM

NORTON — Union’s formula Tuesday was simple: Control the net and the service game and win.

The Lady Bears accounted for 61 of their 75 points via kills, blocks or service aces in a 25-9, 25-14, 25-13 Mountain 7 District win over Wise Central.

Led by Emili Brooks’ 16 kills and eight blocks, Union (17-7, 7-3) racked up 33 kills, 18 blocks and 10 aces over the three sets.

“We got more people involved in the game, hitting-wise, and kind of knew where the ball was going to,” said Union coach Kim Moore. “I’ve just got some tremendous athletes out there that can play the game. They have a whole lot of heart and hustle and that’s been our theme the past little bit.”

Jayda Smith was solid for the Lady Bears with six kills, three blocks and four digs. Desi Brooks added five kills and three blocks, and Krista Meredith had three blocks for Union.

Autumn Varner had four kills and led the Lady Bears’ service game with three aces. Meredith, Brook Bailey and Isabella Blagg each had a couple of aces, Bailey added 28 assists to her night and Blagg led the defensive effort with five digs.

Bayleigh Allison led Central at the net with seven kills, while Caitlin Glover had 18 assists and Hannah McAmis finished with 10 digs.

TOUGH FROM THE START

An Emili Brooks kill broke a 1-1 tie in the opening set, the Lady Bears jumped ahead 5-1 and they never looked back.

“That was the goal. We wanted to get in here, start strong, attack right off of the bat and not only attack with hitting, but being aggressive with the serve and get them out of their system with our serves,” Moore said.

The plan worked, though the Lady Warriors (11-9, 5-5) spent most of the match defending at the net.

“We were playing way too much defense, which was causing us to scramble and not getting our hitters the ball enough,” said first-year Central head coach Jessica Sturgill. “We need to work on moving the ball around more because they do have good blockers.

Sturgill said her Lady Warriors seemed to be on the defensive all night.

“They’re a good team and we just really didn’t fight like I’ve seen us do in the last few games,” she said.

UP NEXT

Central is back in action Thursday at home against Gate City.

Union is off until Oct. 22 when the Lady Bears host John Battle.

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