Union is a much improved team over last year, and they deserved to win. We came out a little sluggish, and were not passing as well as I would have liked to have seen, but we showed moments of very good volleyball. We served pretty tough, and that was good for us. Mallory came in off the bench to serve and did an excellent job. She has a tough serve that is proving to be a good weapon for us.
They had some good middle blockers, and we got stuck a little trapping our middles, but when Josie and Whit went in hard and held the middle, then Lindsay, Kate, and Lexie had an easy time with only one blocker! Natalie is proving to be a very quick defender in the libero spot, and between Olivia and Reisa we have a very solid defense.
I think the difference tonight came down to the off-speed balls, and out of system balls. Union could get very down and made a lot of mistakes trying to make too much from a broken play, and we didn't really capitalize on that like we could have. When we keep our out of system balls in play, and then really attack their free balls, that's when we'll be playing well. It was a long ride home after a 5 game loss like that. I think they may have stolen one from us.