Unioto will defend their SVC volleyball championship, needing to beat Southeastern twice this fall in order to share the crown with the Panthers at (12-2). Thursday's 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Southeastern enabled the Shermans to overcome losses to Huntington and Zane Trace and finish as co-champs. Southeastern's only two conference losses were to Unioto, but still win their first SVC volleyball title since 1989.
After trading the first two sets, Unioto overcame third set deficits of three points at 7-4, 11-8 and 13-10 to draw even at 13-13. The set would be tied again at 18-18, 19-19 and 20-20, but Unioto never trailed at any point enroute to their pivotal 25-21 win.
The Shermans led practically the entire fourth set, although Southeastern rallied from deficits of 17-12, 18-13, but never got closer than two points the rest of the final set. The Panthers got to within 22-20, but Unioto scored 3 of the next four points for the match-win.
Unioto was powered by seniors Amanda McGlone and Jocie Fisher at the net, getting 17 and 12 kills respectively, to go with Amber Cottrill's 10 kills. McGlone also had four solo blocks to go with four assisted blocks.Hallie Pinkerton and Jocie Fisher led the defense with 16 digs, whiel Cottrill added 11.
Southeastern was led by Jess Bolte's 19 kills, Skylar Hice had 15 and Lyndsey Skeens added 9. Hice had 23 digs, Lauren Goebel 22, Lexi Lockwood 20, Holly Walsh 17 and Sierra Delong with 16 as players in double figures.
Southeastern concludes the regular season at (12-2/19-3) while the Shermans are (12-2/20-2).
FINAL SVC STANDINGS:
Unioto 12-2 (Co-Champ)
Southeastern 12-2 (Co-Champ)
Zane Trace 9-5
Paint Valley 0-14
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