Eagles win Cherryvale Invitational

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

CHERRYVALE — Uniontown High’s Eagles lost only one set in six matches Saturday. That came in the opening set of the championship match.
West Elk beat Uniontown 25-21 as the Cherryvale Invitational title match began. But the Eagles were up to the challenge, winning the next two sets 25-21, 25-10 to claim the championship.
“We had a great day of volleyball and the team really played well throughout the day,” said Jackie Hall, Uniontown head coach.
“We were tested in several sets, having to come from behind and made some crucial adjustments.”
The day was not as kind to the Yates Center High Wildcats. They were 0-4 in pool play.
“We were never able to get any momentum all day. We missed way too many serves,” said Dan Berg, Yates Center head coach. “We had good stretches but they were not sustained.”
Uniontown was buoyed by the serving of Jacy Ermel and Tayler Shook in the championship match.
Both players served for 10 points.
Ermel also made an impact at the net with 16 kills. Abbie Smith delivered 12 kills while Jessica Schaaf had four kills and Jessie Camac had three kills.
The Eagles had defeated Neodesha 25-10, 25-15 in the semifinals. Camac served for 11 points while Ermel put down 13 kills and Smith had 10 kills. Camac had two kills.
“I have to credit our passers, Tiffany Poyner, Candice Clayton and Jessica Murrow, as they did an outstanding job getting the ball to our setter, Tayler,” Hall said. “Our hitters had an outstanding day because of that.”
Uniontown is home Tuesday with Chetopa and Marmaton Valley in Three Rivers League play. It is senior parent night and “Dig Pink Night,” promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.
In pool play:
Uniontown beat Southeast 25-17, 25-16. Ermel had 11 service points and five kills. Smith had 11 kills.
Uniontown defeated Pittsburg-Colgan 25-18, 25-23. Ermel had 13 kills and Smith had 11 kills at the net. From the service line, Candice Clayton, Smith and Camac each had six points.
The Eagles beat Independence 25-18, 25-18 led by Smith’s 12 service points and seven kills. Ermel had 11 kills.
Uniontown beat Cherryvale 25-13, 25-16. Schaaf and Smith served up nine points each and Smith had six kills. Ermel had nine kills and Camac had five kills.
Altoona-Midway beat Yates Center 25-17, 25-16. Paige Steinforth had three ace serves and three set assists while Daryean Estes had four kills and two ace serves. Alexa Stephenson had three kills and Autumn Douglass put down four kills. Bailee Stuber had one service ace and Drew Spencer had two set assists.
Neodesha beat Yates Center 25-9, 25-15. Estes had one ace serve and one kill while Spencer had one ace and two assists. Kassy Reynolds had two kills while Douglass had one kill and one block. Shannon Staats served one ace.
West Elk defeated Yates Center 25-18, 25-15. Reynolds delivered four kills and one block at the net and served one ace. Stephenson had three kills and one ace serve. Estes and Spencer each had a service ace.
Frontenac beat Yates Center 25-10, 25-13. Estes had two kills and one ace serve and Spencer had one ace and two assists. Douglass had two kills and one block at the net while Reynolds and Staats each had a kill.
Yates Center plays host to Humboldt and Frontenac Tuesday.