Union Local sends Barnesville packing
• Union Local advances with four-set triumph
BARNESVILLE — During the course of the regular season, Union Local and Barnesville split their two meetings.
In each match, one of the teams was without a key piece due to injury, however, both had their full complement of players for the rubbermatch, which came Tuesday evening in the Division III sectional tournament inside the ‘Greenhouse.’
After splitting the opening two games, Union Local took advantage of some timely hitting and a handful of unforced hitting errors by the Shamrocks to capture the victory by scores of 25-21, 19-25, 25-21 and 25-21. The victory sends the Jets (9-13) to the sectional co-final Saturday afternoon at 4 at Buckeye Trail, which dispatched Buckeye Local in three.
“It’s a rivalry that I am new to, but it’s a big one and I know my girls were psyched,” first-year UL head coach Kaye Sechrest said. “They’re a good team and it’s sad that one of us had to lose.”
The Jets grabbed the momentum in the third game early and basically never relinquished it. Each time it seemed as is Barnesville was ready to go on a run, the Shamrocks either seemingly hit the ball into the net, four times or out of bounds, allowing UL to regain the always pivotal momentum and eventually surge to the victory.
“We knew it was going to be an evenly matched game,” Barnesville head coach Nikki McEndree said.
“Our game was just a little bit off. We’ve been giving points aways all year. Instead of making teams earn them, we give points away. We probably gave away a lot.”
The Jets were led on the stat sheet by Erin Edwards. She had 12 kills and two aces. Casey Kildow had 10 assists and four aces. Alexis Logan was charted for seven kills. Emma Knox passed out 12 assists and Laryssa Brandon had four blocks.
Barnesville, which finishes with a 14-8 record, was led by Mindi Wehr’s 12 kills, five digs and five poi9nts. Mya McEndree had 14 assists, 14 points and four aces. Lindsay Burkhart had 15 points and 18 digs. Madison Detling recorded eight kills and Astin Skinner had 16 digs, while Erin Hannahs had 26 digs.
Trail Ousts Buckeye Local
AT OLD WASHINGTON, Kali Hensley had 12 points, eight digs and six kills to help Buckeye Trail down Buckeye Trail, 25-5, 25-6, 25-9, in a Division III sectional opener.
Jenni Carmichael added 10 points, seven kills and five blocks for the Warriors (19-4), while Abbi Kerns had nine points and 21 assists.
Edison Eliminates Harrison Central
AT CADIZ, Harrison Central saw its season come to a close inside the John W. Stephenson Center at the hands of Edison, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 29-27.
The Wildcats will visit Ridgewood on Saturday.
Lyndsey Hennis had 25 digs and eight kills for the Huskies. Shelbie Mitchell added 22 assists and fice dogs; Emily Moore had five kills and five digs; sarah Fink had 21 digs and eight kills; Kobey Johnson registered 16 digs; and Katie Heavilin had 13 digs.