HAYS -- Uniontown's volleyball team turned out to get the tough pool at the Class 2A State Tournament here Friday.
As documented on Saturday's edition of the Weekend Herald-Tribune, the third-seeded Eagles (34-7). The teams they lost to, sixth-seeded Moundridge and second-seeded Lebo, went on to meet in the championship game, which Moundridge won, 25-15, 25-20.
"When you look at how we played them," Uniontown head coach Jackie Hall said, "we were oh, so close."
Uniontown fell to Moundridge in the first match of pool play, 24-26, 27-25, 25-12. Abbie Smith recorded 12 kills while Jacy Ermel had 9.
The Eagles then beat Oskaloosa, 25-14, 25-20, their first victory in a State Tournament match. Smith had 10 kills while Ermel and Jessie Camac had 3 each.
In the final match of pool play, Lebo took a 26-24, 22-25, 25-14 win. Smith had 13 kills and Ermel 11.
"The team played so well throughout the day," Hall said. "We had to make blocking and defensive adjustments throughout the matches and the girls responded well. We played some of our best volleyball of the season throughout the day."
In Saturday's semifinals, Lebo defeated top-seeded Oberlin, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, while Moundridge beat Blue Rapids-Valley Heights, 25-22, 25-20.
In the championship, Moundridge defeated Lebo for the second time in the tournament. Moundridge won the pool play match in three games.
Moundridge finished the season with a 36-9 record while Lebo was 38-6.
"Our seniors, Abbie, Jessie and Candice (Clayton) will be greatly missed," Hall said. "They have done so much for Uniontown volleyball. But we have a great core of returning players who have seen and experienced the next level of volleyball and know we can compete at the State level."
Smith and Ermel, who is a sophomore, were also honred by being named to the All-Tournament team by the Kansas Volleyball Association.