CHERRYVALE -- Uniontown's volleyball team won the Cherryvale Invitational championship here Saturday afternoon, sweeping a Southeast Kansas League school that has about 3 1/2 times as many students in the finals.
The Eagles, who were ranked No. 1 in Class 2A last week by the Kansas Volleyball Association, swept Independence, 25-15, 25-8 in the finals. In enrollment figures released by the Kansas State High School Activities Association Monday afternoon to determine 2010-11 classifications, Independence (16-5) has 425 students in grades 10-12, the numbers used to determine classes, while Uniontown (19-2) has 125.
"Our front row really stepped up and played the net well," Uniontown head coach Jackie Hall said. "Our passing was getting back to where it needed to be. We were getting great attacks from all our hitters and they were stepping up and getting some great blocks at the net. They were doing a great job of seeing the ball and taking away angles from Independence's hitters."
Jacy Ermel converted 29 of 30 attack chances and finished the match with 18 kills. She also had 11 blocks, 4 solo and 7 assisted. Jessie Camac had 12 blocks, 9 assisted and 3 solo. Ashley Nietfeld had 9 blocks in total and Jessica Harrison had 7 total blocks. Tiffany Poyner was credited with 15 digs and Tayler Shook had 26 assists.
The day began with a 25-21, 25-20 sweep of Southeast as Ermel had 12 kills, Camac 7 and Nietfeld 6. Shook had 26 assists and Poyner came up with 18 digs.
Next up was the Wichita Defenders, a team of homeschooled students. They won in 3 games, 25-16, 15-25, 25-23. Ermel had 11 kills and Shook dealt 31 assists.
"We really struggled with our passing and coverages," Hall said of the match against Wichita. "We were only getting rally points, not what I call 'real' points, during that match and that hurt us."
The Eagles bounced back to sweep Colgan 25-18, 25-21. Ermel had 14 kills and 15 digs, Shook 23 assists and Poyner 16 digs.
Uniontown also swept Yates Center, 25-9, 25-9. Ermel had 7 kills and Camac 6. Shook had 11 assists while Lauren Rockhold handed out 8. Poyner recorded 15 digs.
In the semifinal round, the Eagles swept Howard-West Elk, 25-21, 25-20. Ermel had 16 kills. Camac had 12 blocks, 3 solo, and Harrison assisted on 9 blocks. Shook picked up 28 assists and Poyner had 16 digs.
The Eagles will step back into Three Rivers League play tonight night when they face Marmaton Valley and Chetopa at
NOTES -- The Eagles will not be ranked in Class 2A this week but not due to either their loss to the Defenders or to Class 3A-ranked Northeast last Tuesday.
The reason that Uniontown will not be in the 2A poll will be because they will be competing in Class 3A this postseason. The enrollment figures referred to earlier in this summary show UHS with eight more students than last year, but that was enough to bump it up in class. It's likely that the KVA will have Uniontown in the Class 3A poll....