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Union City wins Regionals
Wednesday, 10.08.2014, 04:50pm (GMT-5)

By Glenn Miller UNION CITY – For the first time in the program's history, Union City High School's volleyball team hosted a round of the playoffs, and the Tigers took full advantage of the home court.

Daniel Anderson's team, ranked third in Class 3A, swept through Amber-Pocasset and Southwest Covenant without dropping a game to win the Region 5 Championship and earn the team's first-ever trip to the state tourney.

Union City will play No.6 Rejoice Christian at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals being played at Westmoore High School.

The Tigers defeated Southwest Covenant in the title match by a close 26-24/25-21/25-8 match. The Tigers blew a 10-point lead in game one, then rallied twice before pulling out the two-point win.

Game two was also a close affair until several late kills by Eline Duurkoop sealed the win.

Durrkoop closed the match with 21 kills. Brooklynn Walls added a kill along with three from Braedyn Rackley. Hanna Landry, Isabelle Ordaz and Kennedy Walls closed with a kill each.

Brooklynn Walls led all setters with 11, followed by Ordaz with 10.

Union City logged four aces in the win, two from Landry and one each from Duurkoop and Morgan Englebretson.

The defense was led by Brooklynn Walls with six digs, followed by Duurkoop with five and four from Rackley. Kennedy Walls and Englebretson added three digs each, Landry with two and Ordaz with one.

The Tigers defeated Ampo by a 25-13/25-10/25-15 margin as Duurkoop went on an offensive frenzy with 29 of the team's 37 kills. Landry added four kills, followed by Rackley with three and Ordaz with one.

Brooklynn Walls led all setters with 18, while Ordaz had 11 and two from Landry.

The back-line offense got aces from Ordaz, Landry and Rackley, with two from Brooklynn Walls.

Durrkoop had one block and four digs to pace the defense, followed by three digs each from Brooklynn Walls, Landry, Kennedy Walls and Englebretson, with Rackley adding two digs.

Glenn Miller