The Union Knights return to the court where, in conference play, they will have to contend with two state champion teams in Dike-New Hartford and Waterloo Columbus. Fortunately, Union has a host of returning letterwinners to fill the voids left by the three players lost to graduation- Hailee Brown, Haylee Keune and Emily Schmidt.

Nine players earning a varsity letter last season will try to help the Knights improve on a 19-18 record from a year ago. Setters Hannah Gates and Allie Driscol will have several hitters from who to choose, including Belle Weber, who led all freshman in the state with 410 kills in 2017. Jasmyn Bush, Megan Carty, Allie Carty, Sam Glenn and Jayden Jolley also return for Union.

Head Coach Brian Jesse likes having experience at the setter position and sees the team’s defense as a strength.

“We need to improve our hitting and block from the middle position,” he noted, adding serve reception is another are that needs to improve.


Date Opponent Time Site
8/25 V Tournament 9:00 Independence
8/25 FR/SO Tournament 9:00 Dike
8/27 FR/SO/JV Independence 5:00 Home
8/30 Denver 6:00 Denver
9/1 JV Tournament 8:00 Independence
9/4 Dike-New Hartford 6:00 Home
9/6 FR/SO/JV Waverly-SR 5:00 Waverly
9/8 V Tournament 8:30 North Scott
9/10 FR/SO Quad 6:00 Dike
9/13 Sumner-Fredericksburg 6:00 Home
9/15 V Tournament 9:00 Van Horne
9/15 FR/SO Tournament 9:00 South Tama
9/17 FR/SO G-R & Vinton-S 5:00 Home
9/17 JV Quad 6:00 Dike
9/18 JV Columbus/Jesup 6:00 Columbus
9/20 Columbus/Jesup 5:00 Jesup
9/22 V Tournament 9:00 Monticello
9/25 Aplington-Parkersburg 6:00 Parkersburg
9/27 JV Quad 5:00 Dike
9/29 V Tournament 9:00 Waverly
9/29 FR/SO Tournament 9:00 Grundy Center
10/1 FR/SO North Tama 6:00 Traer
10/2 Hudson 6:00 Home
10/6 Varsity Tournament 9:00 CC-A
10/9 Wapsie Valley 6:00 Home
10/13 V Tournament 9:00 Knoxville
10/13 JV Tournament 9:00 Dike
10/17,23,29 Regionals TBA TBA
11/6-9 State TBA CR