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Kildow sisters recognized on D-III All-Ohio volleyball listing

Photo Provided PICTURED ARE Union Local volleyball standouts Casey and Torre Kildow. Casey (left) was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio in Division III, while her sister, Torre, was named to the Third Team listing. They are the first Jets players to be recognized on the All-Ohio teams.

Hanging on the walls of the gymnasium at Union Local High School are banners, commemorating every All-Ohio athlete to wear a Jets uniform.

There, however, is no banner for volleyball.

After the announcement of the 2020 All-Ohio Volleyball teams this past Sunday, they’re going to have make some room on the walls inside ‘The Hangar.’

The Sisters Kildow — Casey and Torre — saw their names listed among the state’s best in Division III. Casey — a senior — was named to the honorable mention listing, while Torre — a sophomore — was a third-team honoree.

“Both Casey and Torre are team oriented and competitors,” UL head coach Kaye Sechrest said. “They’re always working on their games and are not afraid to continue trying. They just love the game of volleyball.”

Their passion — along with their talent — was on display time and time again for the Jets, who advanced to the Division III Eastern District championship game before falling in three sets to Tusky Valley, which will play in the state tournament this weekend.

Torre was one of the area’s most impressive hitters. She finished with a team-best 356 kills this season and a percentage of 53.5. Along with her hitting, she served at a 90.8% clip and had 47 aces.

In just two seasons, Torre has already broken the Union Local school record for career kills. She currently stands at 675.

“Torre is a fun kid, who is outgoing and always ready to laugh, but when the game starts, she puts that games on face on and takes no prisoners,” Sechrest said. “She is a power player who hits the ball hard. If Torre gets blocked, she wants the ball again to (try) to hit it harder. She is working on her finesse skills that will add to her repertoire.”

Along with her All-Ohio accolade, Torre was named All-District 12 First Team, All-OVAC and All-Buckeye 8.

Casey, meanwhile, is also a standout as a hitter. She finished with 170 kills, 68 aces and a serving percentage of 96.2. She also had a kill percentage of 35.9.

“Casey is a team player, who is very focused and very smart,” Sechrest said. “She’s a student of the game who can spot her opponents’ weaknesses and then tries to use that to her advantage. She’s been a starter since she was a freshman and proved herself from day one. She’s grown into a great leader. She’s one who leads by example.”

Casey’s left her mark on UL volleyball in the record book, too. She actually holds the career record for aces (254) and assists (1249).

Awards have been plentiful for Casey, too. She’s already received District 12’s Division III Player of the Year. She will take part in the D-12 and OVAC All-Star Matches.

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