PLEASANTON -- Uniontown's volleyball team won all five matches it played and took first place at the Three Rivers League Pre-Season Tournament here Saturday.
Host Pleasanton, meanwhile, lost all five matches it played.
Uniontown's path to the title was via a 25-17, 25-6 sweep of Oswego, a 25-16, 22-25, 25-20 win over St. Paul in the only match that went three games, a 25-9, 25-14 sweep of rival Marmaton Valley, a 25-15, 25-13 victory over Chetopa, and a 25-19, 25-21 championship-match sweep of St. Paul in a rematch.
"We took only eight players to this tournament, so we all understood that everyone would have to be focused on their jobs and they all responded well. Everyone did their job well and contributed to the team."
Eagle stats versus Oswego show Jacy Ermel with 5 kills and Abbie Smith with 3. In the first match with St. Paul, Smith had 15 kills and Jessica Schaaf had 6.
In the Marmaton Valley match, Smith recorded 5 kills and Ermel had 4. Against Chetopa, Ermel had 5 kills.
In the championship match against St. Paul, Smith picked up 12 kills while Ermel and Schaaf had 3 each.
"It was a long day but well worth the effort," Hall said.
Pleasanton had some competitive matches with three of their five going three games. They lost to Crest, 25-19, 25-8; Chetopa, 25-21, 13-25, 25-18; Altoona-Midway, 25-21, 25-21; Marmaton Valley, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18; and Oswego, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24.
"We were in every match but just made way too many errors," Pleasanton head coach Danny Looney said. "Every time we would get some momentum, we would miss a serve or have a mental error like getting into the net.
"We are getting our younger players some good minutes. Four Freshmen saw quality minutes this weekend. We are throwing them right into the fire which will make us a better team as the season progresses."
In the Crest match, Megan Lowe and Kim Robinson each had 3 kills. Johnnea Saulsberry had 4 assists. Robinson also had 7 digs.
Against Chetopa, Lowe racked up 13 kills and served 4 aces while Robinson had 4 kills Saulsberry had 9 assists. Robinson also had 3 blocks and Brytnee Streeter had 5 digs.
In the Midway match, Lowe had 14 kills while Robinson had 9 kills and 4 digs. Lindsey Conn served 5 aces. Saulsberry dished 9 assists.
Lowe and Robinson had 4 kills each against Marmaton Valley. Streeter served 5 aces. Saulsberry had 10 assists while Streeter and Robinson each had 6 digs.
In the final match of the day, against Oswego, Lowe had 7 kills and 10 digs. She and Karesa Lewis each served 3 aces. Saulsberry had 9 assists.
Uniontown plays home matches tonight against Girard and Erie of the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League. Girard is the defending CNC champion and qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament last season. The Trojans opened the 2009 season by sweeping Southeast Kansas League schools Pittsburg, Fort Scott and Columbus Saturday. The varsity matches begin at 6 p.m. at the West Bourbon Elementary gymnasium.
Pleasanton will travel to Frontenac tonight to take part in a quadrangular. In addition to the host Raiders, another CNC school, Galena will participate as well as Neodesha of the Tri-Valley league. Play there is expected to begin at 5 p.m.