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Mavericks caim UHS Invitational title

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Uniontown's Hope Jurgensen sets for a teammate during a match in the Eagles' home tournament Saturday in the West Bourbon Elementary gymnasium. Uniontown went 2-2 on the day and did not place. Olathe Metro Academy won the tourney title.
(Joe Kuns/Special to the Tribune)
UNIONTOWN -- Olathe Metro Academy claimed the Uniontown Invitational title as the Eagles were unable to advance out of pool play for the first time in many seasons.

Metro Academy won the pool Uniontown was in while Southern Coffey County finished second. Frontenac won the opposite pool with Yates Center finishing second.

Metro Academy defeated Frontenac in the final, 25-19, 25-22. SCC downed Yates Center for third, 25-22, 25-14.

Uniontown (22-7) won its first two pool matches against Marmaton Valley and Riverton before dropping the last two to Metro Academy and SCC.

"I guess you could say it was a day of extremes," Uniontown head coach Jackie Hall said. "We played outstanding volleyball for three matches and then went south in our last match against SCC. We just couldn't seem to get anything going after playing so solid in all of the prior matches."

The Eagles swept Marmaton Valley, 25-10, 25-12. ashley Nietfeld had 8 kills and was successful on 12 of 13 attacks while Hannah Travis racked up on 7 kills and finding success on 12 of 14 attacks. Tayler Shook handed out 11 assists.

Uniontown also swept Riverton, 25-6, 25-14. Hayden Rathbun had 11 kills as she converted 13 of 15 attacks. Shook had 14 assists.

Hall was pleased with the way the Eagles played against Metro Academy even in a 27-25, 25-19 loss. The Mavericks have been a tough team for several years.

Nietfeld was 12 of 14 in attack and finished with 7 kills. Shook recorded 10 assists.

"The Metro Academy match was the best I have seen us play all season," Hall said. "We were really clicking as a team, blocking, digging, attacking, all of the things we have been working on. There was great play on both sides of the net."

Uniontown may have been drained after the Metro match, losing the first game to Southern Coffey County 25-9 then dropping the second 25-16.

"I was really hoping we could pick up where we left off in the SCC match," Hall said. "But we struggled from the start. We could not hold serve. Passed as a team in the lower 30-percent range, which certainly doesn't allow you a great opportunity to set up and attack."

Rathbun finished with 5 kills for the Eagles and converted 7 of 10 attacks. Shook only had 4 assists.

"SCC came out ready for us and we simply did not respond," Hall said.

The Eagles have a week off until they go to the Central Heights Tournament Saturday morning. They will face Pleasanton and Marmaton Valley in non-league matches on Senior Parent Night a week from tonight.

Pool A

Uniontown 2, Marmaton Valley 0 (25-10, 25-12)

Metro Academy 2, Riverton 1 (25-9, 24-26, 25-12)

Southern Coffey County 2, Marmaton Valley 0 (25-10, 25-18)

Uniontown 2, Riverton 0 (25-6, 25-14)

Metro Academy 2, Southern Coffey County 0 (25-12, 25-20)

Riverton 2, Marmaton Valley 1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-23)

Metro Academy 2, Uniontown 0 (27-25, 25-19)

Southern Coffey County 2, Riverton 0 (25-12, 26-24)

Metro Academy 2, Marmaton Valley 0 (25-13, 25-12)

Southern Coffey County 2, Uniontown 0 (25-9, 25-16)

Pool B

Frontenac 2, Yates Center 0 (25-10, 25-8)

Northeast 2, Pleasanton 0 (25-18, 25-15)

Yates Center 2, Crest 0 (25-6, 25-16)

Frontenac 2, Pleasanton 0 (25-6, 25-6)

Northeast 2, Crest 0 (25-16, 25-15)

Yates Center 2, Pleasanton 1 (25-18, 15-25, 25-16)

Frontenac 2, Northeast 0 (25-15, 25-12)

Pleasanton 2, Crest 0 (25-22, 25-17)

Yates Center 2, Northeast 0 (25-16, 25-9)

Frontenac 2, Crest 0 (25-4, 25-6)

Third-place: Southern Coffey County 2, Yates Center 0 (25-22, 25-14)

Championship: Metro Academy 2, Frontenac 0 (25-19, 25-22).

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