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Volleyball Regional Final: Union 3, Dike-New Hartford 2

Rising to the challenge, the Lady Knights avenged an earlier season 3-0 conference loss to the Dike-New Hartford Wolverines on November 4. Grundy Center High School was the site of the 3A Regional Final, which determined who would advance to the 2019 State Tournament.
Union struck first with a 25-22 win in the opening set, led by an aggressive attack by hitters Belle Weber, Jasmyn Bush and Lexi Nolan. The second set belonged to Dike-New Hartford as they gained momentum by jumping out to a lead and hung on for a 25-20 second set victory. Union fell behind early but rallied, catching the Wolverines offguard with a 25-15 quick win. Again Dike-New Hartford came back riding the strength of hard-hitting Morgan Weber, tying the match with a 25-21 win. Tied 8-8 in the deciding game 5, Union pulled out all the stops, hustling to every ball and outdistanced the Wolverines by a 15-11 margin.
Union’s serve receive back line (Sophie Winkelpleck 23 digs, Belle Weber 15 and Jasmyn Bush 14) put up many great balls to setter Allie Driscol, who recorded 50 assists to her hitters. Belle Weber led scoring with 25 well placed kills, along side of hard hitting Jasmyn Bush 21, sophomores Lexi Nolan 12 and Laura Rempe 5 and senior Sam Glenn 5, for a total team effort. Union’s strong service game also contributed to the victory, with the Knights missing only four of 110 serves, for a 96% serve efficiency, with 13 aces on the match.
The #8 seed Union Knights (30-11) will face #1 seed Davenport Assumption (32-5) in the opening round of State play on Wednesday, November 13 at 10 AM on Court 1 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
November 4, 2019 at Grundy Center
Union                        25 20 25 21 15
Dike-New Hartford 22 25 15 25 11
                         kills assists digs blocks aces
Bush, Jasmyn 21 2 14 3 1
Driscol, Allie 0 50 8 0 2
Gates, Aubrey 0 0 0 0 0
Glenn, Sam 5 0 2 4  0
Nolan, Lexi 12 0 20 0  3
Olson, Belle 0 0 2 0 0
Rempe, Laura 5 0 0 2 0-0 0
Weber, Belle 25 3 15 3  4
Winkelpleck, Sophie 0 1 23 0  3

Lake LeBahn 7th at State

Union senior Lake LeBahn’ fourth trip to the State Cross Country Meet resulted in a top-10 finish, as he equalled a personal best time at State of 16:37 to place seventh overall in the Boys’ Class 2A competition. LeBahn also ran a 16:37 in 2017 when he placed fifth. With over 125 competitors running each year at the State Meet, LeBahn completed his impressive career with a 30th place finish as a freshman in 2016 and a 12th place result last year.
In the 2019 team race, Tipton edged Des Moines Christian to claim the Class 2A title.
Class 2A Boys State Cross Country Results
Athlete Time School
Dylan Darsidan 16:02.0 Camanche
Brady Griebel 16:02.8 Bellevue
Caleb Shumaker 16:11.4 Tipton
Louden Foster 16:25.2 West Central Valley
Cody Smith 16:28.0 Des Moines Christian
Tahe Hulstein 16:34.0 Western Christian, Hull
Lake LeBahn 16:37.4 Union
Carson Shively 16:40.7 Davis County
Quinton Grove 16:41.2 South Hamilton
Harrison Ahlrichs 16:42.3 Monticello

Volleyball: Union 3, Roland-Story 0

 The Lady Knights made short work of their second round match up with Roland-Story on October 29 taking advantage of home court. The win brings the Knights to 29-11 on the season and into the 3A Region 4 Final on Monday, November 4 in Grundy Center where they will face the Wolverines of Dike-New Hartford at 7 PM. With a trip to State on the line, the #13 ranked Knights will have to stay focused and shut down the #4 ranked Wolverine attack.
Results were not available at press time.
October 29, 2019 at La Porte City
Union             25 25 25
Roland-Story 19 20 20
                        kills assists digs blocks  aces
Bush, Jasmyn      13 0 8 1 8 0
Driscol, Allie       1 37 10 0 1
Gates, Aubrey     1 0 0 0 0
Glenn, Sam          2 0 2 2 0
Nolan, Lexie        3 1 7 1 1
Olson, Belle          0 2 0 3 0
Rempe, Laura     4 0 0 1 0
Weber, Belle      20 3 14 1 1
Winkelpleck, Sophie 0 1 13 0 5

Regional Volleyball: Union 3, Columbus Catholic 0

The Union Knights opened 3A regional action with a dominating sweep of Columbus Catholic (25-19, 25-17, 26-24) at home on October 23. Union will host Roland-Story on October 29 at 7 PM. 

Union 13, Vinton-Shellsburg 0

On a night when field conditions were treacherous, the Union Knights’ defense was called upon to hold the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings in check after the offense staked the team to an early lead. Sparked by a fourth down stop inside the Union five yard line in the waning seconds of the first half, the Knights defense continued to make plays when needed most in the second half to preserve a 13-0 victory. The win elevated Union’s record in district play to 2-1.
Playing on a turf softened by ample rains earlier in the week, the Union offense made the most of its early possessions in the game, scoring on its second and third drives of the game. Late in the first quarter, the Knights caught the Viking defense napping with a pass play over the middle from quarterback Brandon Tompkins to a wide open Marc Mahood for a 22 yard score. On the Knights’ next possession, Braydon Grosse turned a short pass from Tompkins into six more points, working his way into the end zone from 21 yards for a 13 point Union lead.
For the remainder of the game, the Vikings would continue to test the Union defense. With 13 seconds left in the first half and the ball at the Union two yard line, the Knights forced an incomplete pass to deny the scoring attempt. Early in the third quarter following a Union fumble, the Knights came up with another fourth down stop, this time on their three yard line. The Knights would register three more fourth down stops in the fourth quarter- from the Union 14, 34 and 32 yard lines, to preserve the shutout and secure the win.
Union will play its final road game of the season on Friday night against a 5-2 Nevada squad.


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