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Uniontown off to winning start; Pleasanton breaks long losing streak

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Uniontown and Pleasanton's volleyball teams began season play Saturday at the Three Rivers League Pre-Season Tournament in Pleasanton.

Uniontown took third place in the tourney while Pleasanton, under new coach Danny Looney, broke a losing streak of at least 47 matches in the tournament.

Both teams also played on the road in volleyball matches Tuesday.

Saturday: Three Rivers League Tournament.

Uniontown and Pleasanton faced each other in the first match with UHS winning, 25-22, 25-10. Abbie Smith had 10 kills for the Eagles.

Uniontown continued on in pool play by beating Oswego in two games. Smith led again with five kills while Devann Crystal had four.

The Eagles concluded pool play with a 25-22, 25-23 win over Chetopa. Jacy Ermel had nine kills.

Pleasanton lost to Chetopa and Oswego in pool play, both in two matches. In the consolation bracket, they broke through by beating Altoona-Midway, 25-23, 28-26. Rachel Richmond had five kills for the Blu-Jays while Carlee Campbell had four.

The Blu-Jays served seven aces in the match with Campbell and Kim Robinson each serving two. Rachel Landrum had eight assists. Campbell also had four blocks.

Uniontown faced Crest in the semifinals of the championship bracket but lost in three games, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15. Smith converted 31 of 34 attack chances and had 10 kills.

Oswego won the third-place match by beating Uniontown, 25-20, 25-23. Smith had five kills while Crystal had four.

St. Paul won the tournament, beating Crest in the championship match.

Tuesday: Uniontown at Erie.

Uniontown (4-3) split a triangular against Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League opposition. The Eagles defeated Erie, 25-22, 25-12, and fell to Girard, 25-20, 25-18.

Against Erie, Smith was 15 of 16 in attack and had seven kills while Ermel was 15 of 17 with five kills.

Ermel was 10 of 10 with four kills against Girard while Smith was 16 of 18 with four kills. Smith, Heather Schnichels and Jessica Schaff all had two blocks.

"Coming off the league tournament, we made some changes," Uniontown head coach Jackie Hall said. "I moved Tiffany Poyner, a sophomore, to libero to help in some of our substitution situations. And she did a great job for us in her first time out."

Uniontown's JV beat Erie 25-14, 25-19, and downed Girard, 25-19, 9-25, 16-14.

Tuesday: Pleasanton at Frontenac.

The Blu-Jays (1-7) lost all three matches here. Frontenac was a 25-17, 25-12 winner. No details were available from that match.

Galena took a 25-21, 25-14 win. Campbell recorded four kills and four blocks for the Blu-Jays. Rachel Richmond served two aces. Johnnea Saulsberry dished six assists.

Neodesha defeated Pleasanton, 25-14, 25-15. Campbell had eight kills and an ace serve for the Blu-Jays while Robinson had four. Saulsberry recorded six assists.

Campbell and Rachel Richmond head had three blocks each for Pleasanton.



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