CHERRYVALE -- Uniontown's volleyball team won four of six matches at the Cherryvale Invitational here Saturday but Eagle head coach Jackie Hall expressed disappointment at the outcome since both losses came in bracket play, forcing the team to settle for fourth place.
The Eagles (16-4) defeated Neodesha, the Wichita Defenders homeschool team, host Cherryvale and Yates Center in pool play. But they fell to Independence in two games in the semifinals and to Southeast in two in the third-place match.
"(W)e just didn't pass very well as a team in the Independence and Southeast matches," Hall said. "As a team, we were 34 percent and 36 percent, respectively in those matches. With those numbers, it was really hard to get into an offense. We were hit and miss (and) just couldn't get into a flow."
The Eagles defeated Neodesha in their opener, 25-21, 25-20. Hayden Rathbun recorded 7 kills while and Hope Jurgensen and Ashley Nietfeld each had 6. Tayler Shook dished 12 assists and Hannah Travis recorded 3 solo blocks.
Uniontown defeated the Defenders, 20-25, 25-17, 25-21. Neitfeld had 9 kills and 3 blocks while Rathbun picked up 12 kills and 2 blocks. Shook picked up 17 assists.
Next, the Eagles swept Cherryvale, 25-13, 25-11. Rathbun was credited with 10 kills and Nietfeld with 9 as she was successful on all 15 of her attacks. Hannah Travis was 8 for 8 in attack. Shook handed out 19 assists.
In the final match of pool play, Uniontown swept Yates Center, 25-10, 25-11. Nietfeld had 6 kills, Rathbun 4 and Abby Dixon 3. Those three also combined for success on 27 of 28 attacks. Shook dealt 13 assists.
Independence defeated Uniontown in the semifinal, 25-23, 25-13. Nietfeld had 6 kills while Jurgensen and Travis each recorded 3 blocks. Shook had 15 assists.
Southeast swept Uniontown in the third-place match, 25-15, 25-18. Nietfeld had 5 kills and Jurgensen had 4. Shook had 11 assists.
The Defenders defeated Southeast in the other semifinal then beat Independence in the championship match, 23-25, 25-9, 25-23.
Uniontown travels to Jayhawk-Linn tonight for a Three Rivers League quadrangular including Chetopa and rival Marmaton Valley