PLEASANTON -- Uniontown's volleyball team, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A by the Kansas Volleyball Association, swept Pleasanton and Crest in a Three Rivers League triangular here Tuesday night while the host Blu-Jays were able to salvage a split by defeating Crest.
The Eagles (7-1 TRL, 23-2 overall) beat Crest by scores of 25-11, 25-3. Jacy Ermel recorded 10 kills and Tayler Shook was credited with 16 assists.
Pleasanton swept Crest 25-12, 25-22. Megan Lowe had 8 kills for the Blu-Jays (2-2, 8-15) and Johnnea Saulsberry dished 8 assists. Saulsberry was also credited with 3 blocks and Brytnee Streeter had 3 digs.
"I stressed all week how important this match with Crest was for league standings," Pleasanton head coach Danny Looney said. "The girls responded and came out with a ton of energy."
Uniontown defeated Pleasanton, 25-9, 25-9. Ermel had 5 kills for the Eagles while Shook and Lauren Rockhold each had 7 assists.
"The girls did a good job of playing our game," Uniontown head coach Jackie Hall said. "We are seeing improvements on our coverages and communication."
Lowe had 4 kills for the Blu-Jays, Saulsberry dished 4 assists and had 2 blocks and Teal Baker came up with 10 digs.
"Don't let the score fool you," Looney said. "Team-wise, we did some good things. Uniontown is very deserving of their 3A ranking. We play in a pretty tough league where we have two state-ranked 3A teams. Hopefully, all the tough competition we have faced this year will pay off for us in Sub-State play."
In the latest poll, Phillipsburg (26-1) is on top of the Class 3A rankings followed by Atchison County (22-1) and Osage City (26-2), all in the same order as last week. Kismet-Southwestern Heights (25-2) makes its first appearance in the poll, jumping over the Eagles to No. 4.
Both Pleasanton and Uniontown will play in Uniontown's annual home tournament Saturday with play beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Eagles and Blu-Jays are in opposite pools.
Each match after the openers will five minutes after the conclusion of the previous match.
Matches at UHS gym
Pleasanton vs. Northeast, 8:30 a.m.
Olathe Metro Academy vs. Southern Coffey County
Pleasanton vs. Marmaton Valley
Northeast vs. Southern Coffey County
Metro Academy vs. Marmaton Valley
Southern Coffey County vs. Pleasanton
Northeast vs. Metro Academy
Southern Coffey County vs. Marmaton Valley
Metro Academy vs. Pleasanton
Northeast vs. Marmato Valley
Matches at WBE gym
Uniontown vs. Crest, 8:30 a.m.
Riverton vs. Frontenac
Crest vs. Yates Center
Uniontown vs. Frontenac
Riverton vs. Yates Center
Frontenac vs. Crest
Uniontown vs. Riverton
Frontenac vs. Yates Center
Riverton vs. Crest
Uniontown vs. Yates Center