Eagles win TRL tournament

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

PLEASANTON — Uniontown High’s Eagles came up against the only team they had dropped a set to in the tournament — St. Paul High’s Indians — in Saturday’s 2009 Three Rivers League Tournament championship match.
The two teams had a three-set match in pool play early in the day. Uniontown beat St. Paul 25-16, 22-25, 25-20. Now, it was for the tournament title.
Uniontown defeated St. Paul 25-19, 25-21 to end the long day of action. Jessica Schaaf and Jacy Ermel led the way with seven service points and three kills apiece. Abbie Smith rang up 12 kills in the title match.
“We had a really good day of volleyball. We took only eight players to this tournament so we all understood that everyone would have to be focused to do their jobs and the girls responded well,” said Jackie Hall, Uniontown head coach.
Crest High’s Lady Lancers came out of the other pool undefeated. The Lady Lancers went three sets with St. Paul in the championship semifinals. St. Paul got past Crest 25-16, 24-26, 20-12.
“That was a tough loss. We did not have an answer for St. Paul’s middle hitter, Allison O’Brien,” said Shelly Strickler, Crest head coach.
“Being able to block consistently will be a challenge for us this year.
Some of that loss spilled over in the third-place match against Chetopa, a team Crest beat in pool play. The Lady Lancers dropped the first set, 25-17, then came back to win the next two sets — 25-16, 25-23 — and capture third place.
“The team did a great job of coming from being down one set to getting the win for the match,” Strickler said.
Amanda Strickler delivered 12 kills at the net in the third-place match. She has six service aces in her 18 points served. Melissa Honn served up 10 points, had three ace serves and seven kills. Ashley Catt was credited with 13 assists.
Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats battled all day but went 0-3 in pool play. The Wildcats lost 25-17, 25-22 to Altoona-Midway in the consolation bracket then posted a 25-15, 18-25, 25-18 win over Pleasanton to end the day.
“The girls played a little tight in the opening match with St. Paul but after that they played pretty well,” said Lindsay Ermel, MVHS head coach.
“They played real good against Oswego but a few mental errors hurt us. We can work on fixing the mental errors in practice. I had a lot of compliments from other coaches on how much our team had improved. I’m proud of the girls.”
Marmaton Valley lost 25-9, 25-16 to St. Paul to open the tournament then lost 26-24, 25-22 to Oswego. Uniontown beat Marmaton Valley 25-9, 25-14 to end pool play.
For the tournament, Maggie Meiwes led the Wildcats with 26 kills, 11 blocks and 12 service aces. Kayla McNutt had 22 kills at the net and Tiffany Dudley downed 20 kills and had eight blocks. Cheyanne Miller made 10 blocks and had 18 kills. Molly McEwan was credited with 18 assists, setting the ball, and four ace serves.
Uniontown opened the day with a 25-17, 25-6 win over Oswego. Candice Clayton served for 12 points. Ermel had five kills and Smith had three kills.
Then came the three-set win over St. Paul as Schaaf served up 10 points and hit six kills. Smith delivered 15 kills at the net. Ermel had two kills and Jessie Camac had one kill.
Against Marmaton Valley, Camac served 10 points while Smith had eight service points and five kills. Ermel had four kills.
In the championship semifinals, Uniontown defeated Chetopa 25-15, 25-13. Tayler Shook served nine points followed by Ermel with eight points and Smith with seven points. Ermel had five kills and Smith downed two kills.
“We had tremendous passing from our libero Tiffany Poyner and Candice Clayton. Tayler Shook delivered the ball well to our hitters,” Hall said. “We do know we have areas we need to improve upon but it was a great start to the season.”
Crest started the day with a 25-18, 25-16 win over Chetopa. Catt had 14 set assists for the Lady Lan-cers as Amanda Strickler had 12 kills.
Then came a 25-7, 18-25, 25-23 win over Altoona-Midway. Catt and Strickler each had 12 assists. Honn delivered 11 kills and Strickler had nine kills. Strickler had five ace serves and Chelsey Brooks had two aces.
Crest defeated Pleasanton 25-19, 25-8. Strickler had seven ace serves and six kills while Honn had four aces and six kills. Catt and Strickler each had five assists. Tessa Louk had two kills.
In the semifinal loss to St. Paul, Strickler downed nine kills had had five assists. Honn had five digs and Catt had seven assists.
“The girls played with more intensity and determination than I’ve seen in practice,” said Strickler. “Team communication and floor coverage was outstanding. ”
Crest and Marmaton Valley go to Yates Center Tuesday along with Madison. Uniontown hosts Girard and Erie Tuesday.