Lady Titans beat Eagles for title

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

UNIONTOWN — Two of the top high school volleyball teams in the area squared off for the 2009 Uniontown High Invitational championship Saturday.
After the dust of pool play settled, Southern Coffey County High’s Lady Titans and Uniontown High’s Eagles were in the title match. The Eagles, seeded No. 1 in the tournament, and the Lady Titans, seeded at No. 2, won their four pool matches.
A year ago Southern Coffey County lost to Central Heights in the championship match. Uniontown was fourth then.
The Lady Titans captured the tournament championship, defeating the Eagles 25-21, 27-25.
“Uniontown has a great team so to win this was important to us,” said Korey Lankton, Southern Coffey County head coach. “That’s the caliber of team we’ll have to beat if we want to move on in postseason play.”
Lankton said winning the first set was an advantage for the Lady Titans since the second set was so close. The teams were tied at 24-24 and 25-25 before the Lady Titans scored the final two points of the match.
Riverton beat Olathe Metro 25-22, 25-17 for third place.
“We were disappointed in our play against Southern Coffey County. We didn’t pass well and just couldn’t seem to get on track,” said Jackie Hall, Eagle head coach.
“Southern Coffey County played great defense. Hit balls that would normally be a kill for us kept being dug up and allowed them an attack opportunity.”
Uniontown got 10 kills from Abbie Smith in the championship match. Jessica Schaaf had six service points and Jacy Ermel had two kills.
Southern Coffey County’s statistics were for the whole tournament. The Lady Titans beat Marmaton Valley 25-11, 25-11, defeated Riverton 25-14, 25-20, beat Crest 25-21, 25-20 and defeated Yates Center 25-12, 25-14 in pool play.
For the tournament, Shelby Birk delivered 37 kills and 41 digs for Southern Coffey County. Birk was 37 of 38 serving.
Sam Jacob put down 34 kills and had three blocks at the net plus made 31 digs. Laurie Ohl put down 23 kills, made 10 blocks and had 31 digs. Kaitlin Meyer had 12 kills, five blocks and 39 digs.
Kristen Garland was credited with 111 set assists for the day. Garland was 53 of 54 serving.
Lankton said his team played well and focused for most of the pool matches. He said early in the Crest match, “we were going through the motions then after a timeout in the second set with Crest up 16-10, the girls decided to start playing.”
Uniontown defeated Frontenac 25-14, 25-18 then downed Northeast-Arma 25-19, 25-7. The Eagles had to rally to win 21-25, 25-14, 25-15 against Olathe Metro before finishing up with a 25-11, 25-7 win over Pleasanton.
Against Frontenac, Jessie Camac served nine points and had one kill while Smith had six kills and Ermel had nine kill. Schaaf had one kill. In the Northeast-Arma match, Ermel served for nine points and had eight kills. Smith had eight kills and Camac had two kills.
Against Olathe Metro, Tayler Shook served for 18 points while Smith had 12 kills and Ermel had eight kills at the net. In the Pleasanton match, Candice Clayton served up nine points for the Eagles. Ermel delivered 12 kills and Smith had five kills.
Marmaton Valley, Crest and Yates Center were all in the same pool with Southern Coffey County.
Here are the pool matches for those teams:
Marmaton Valley went 1-3 in pool play. After losing to Southern Coffey County, Marmaton Valley beat Yates Center 18-25, 25-21, 25-23.
Marmaton Valley combined for 21 kills in the Yates Center match. Cheyanne Miller had five followed by Maggie Meiwes, Tiffany Dudley and Alysha Westhoff with four each, Kayla McNutt with three and Morgan Henry with one. Alyssa Stewart and Lauren Scharff combined for 18 digs on the back row.
Marmaton Valley lost 25-13, 25-21 to Riverton and 25-10, 25-23 to Crest.
“When we did have a good pass in the matches, we usually got the point. Our hitters had a very good day as well as Alysha Westhoff setting,” said Lindsay Ermel, MVHS head coach. “Alysha had 47 assists for the day.”
Yates Center dropped the three-set decision to Marmaton Valley. Kassy Reynolds served 13 points, had three aces and five kills. Daryean Estes had six service points, three aces and three kills. Paige Steinforth had five points, three aces and three kills. Autumn Douglass delivered 10 kills and served four points. Allie Bruner had four points.
“The girls played as well as they are able to. We just came up short,” said Dan Berg, Yates Center head coach. “Our defense and serving helped us out in all three sets.”
Crest defeated Yates Center 26-24, 25-18. Berg said it was the toughest Yates Center had played Crest all year. “The kids put in a good effort.”
Drew Spencer served five points and had one ace. Bruner had four service points and one ace. Reynolds had three points on ace serves, six kills and one solo block. Steinforth had seven set assists and two serve points. Estes had two service points, one ace and three kills. Douglass had four kills and Alexa Stephenson had one kill.
Riverton beat Yates Center 25-13, 25-12. Estes served three points and had two aces. Bri Crellin had two points. Spencer and Shannon Stoats each had one point. Douglass had four kills and Reynolds had three kills.
Yates Center lost to Southern Coffey County. Berg said Southern Coffey County is a very good team, “their offense swamped our defense.”
Spencer served two points and had one ace. Douglass had five kills plus a block and one point on an ace serve.
Riverton beat Crest 25-18, 25-23. Amanda Strickler had nine kills, nine digs, three ace serves and five assists for Crest. Ashley Catt had nine set assists, two ace serves, two kills and four digs. Melissa Honn had two kills and six digs and Chelsey Brooks had six digs. Tessa Louk had two blocks and one kill.
In the 26-24, 25-18 win over Yates Center, Crest got strong service runs from Honn and Caitlin Golden. Honn had 10 digs defensively and had two service aces. C. Golden had three service aces, three kills, two blocks and eight digs. A. Strickler had 12 kills, two ace serves, one block and eight digs. Catt had 11 set assists and five digs.
“The team played very well against Southern Coffey County. We served 91 percent for the match and played great defense,” said Shelly Strickler, Crest coach. “Intensity and communication was excellent for the whole match.”
Against SCCH, Crest got 11 digs and two kills from Honn and seven digs from Brooks. A. Strickler had three kills, two aces serves and six assists. Louk had two kills and Catt had four assists.
In the 25-10, 25-23 win over Marmaton Valley, Honn had six ace serves, one kill and eight digs. Catt had three ace serves, nine set assists and seven digs. C. Golden had six digs, two aces serves and one kill while Katrina Strickler had one ace serve as did Brooks. A. Strickler had eight kills and one ace serve. Louk had five kills and one block.