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Union Grove volleyball off to positive start
by Maurice Dixon
August 27, 2014 02:21 PM | 2193 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Union Grove sophomore Shelby Biles and the Lady Wolverines defeated their first seven opponents this season.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Union Grove sophomore Shelby Biles and the Lady Wolverines defeated their first seven opponents this season.
The Union Grove volleyball team is off to another impressive start but the Lady Wolverines are hoping for a deeper postseason run this year.

Currently, Union Grove has an 11-3 record.

“They’ve started off really well which is always a good thing,” Union Grove coach Laurie Sponsler said.

After beginning the season 7-0, which included wins over Ola and Woodland, the Lady Wolverines fell short 2-0 (25-23, 25-21) to ELCA in the Southside Classic at Locust Grove on Aug. 16.

“We knew that they had a really good team,” Sponsler said. “I just think we didn’t realize that we could hang with them that well and when we did it was kind of a surprise. It caught us off guard but that made us realize that we have a team that can go pretty far into the playoffs hopefully.”

In that contest, sophomore Shelby Biles had six kills and Haley Hall (junior), Ashlee Tolbert (senior) and Kari Brown (senior) all added three apiece. Junior Caroline Fowler had 15 digs and sophomore Abby Crerie finished with 10.

“We lost four seniors last year but the girls who replaced them have stepped up pretty well and filled their shoes so far,” Sponsler said.

Junior Lynnlee Mather led the Lady Chargers with 10 kills and senior Bre Laney had seven.

Since this setback, Union Grove responded with four straight victories, but lost to Starr's Mill and Northgate on Tuesday.

Union Grove has lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. The Lady Wolverines end the month at Woodland against the Lady Wolfpack and Carrollton on Thursday.

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