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Abingdon hands Union volleyball first loss

Kevin Mays • Sep 13, 2018 at 10:13 PM

BIG STONE GAP — Abingdon dominated all phases of the game Thursday.

It was just that simple.

CONTROL FROM THE START

The Lady Falcons (9-3, 4-0) took control of the Mountain 7 District volleyball race by taking control of their game with Union from the start.

It was a dominant performance for the Lady Falcons, who swept the previously unbeaten Lady Bears 25-17, 25-22, 25-14 on Union’s home floor.

Abingdon jumped ahead early in the first set, building an 11-2 lead on the way to the win.

After a tough second set, which the Lady Falcons closed out with a 5-2 scoring run, Abingdon held the lead throughout most of the third set to cruise to the victory.

It almost seemed too easy for the Lady Falcons, particularly in the third set, against a Union squad that never seemed to get comfortable on its own floor.

“I don’t know about that,” said Abingdon coach Rachel Harding. “They’re a good team. They play hard and they’re well coached.

“They kind of acted just a little bit deflated (in the third set). They put up a good fight in the second set still. But then they kind of let up off the gas a little bit.”

FULL SPEED AHEAD

Harding’s Lady Falcons did not let up on the gas at all. From the opening tip, it was full speed ahead for Abingdon, which controls its own destiny as far as the Mountain 7 District and a possible championship are concerned.

“We’ve been preparing for this match. We knew it was going to be tough. We knew they hadn’t been beaten. We just talked a lot about their personnel and what we needed to do. My girls executed pretty well and stayed on top of things. We’ve battled this year with some roller-coaster emotions and we stayed kind of steady. And it worked out pretty well for us.”

LEADING THE WAY

Katie Harless led the strong, balanced attack by Abingdon at the net with nine kills and three aces, while Emme Thompson had 29 assists and three aces.

The Lady Falcons also got four blocks from Kara Miller and 21 digs from Cameron Wyatt.

Union (7-1, 2-1) got 11 kills from Meghan Blagg, with nine kills and three blocks from Emili Brooks. Zoe Brooks had 23 assists and Audrey Gilliam finished with 12 digs for the Lady Bears.

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