The Union Spartans volleyball team hosted the Patriots from Pender on Wednesday in a match that the home team lost 3-0 as the Spartans just couldn’t get it going.
After a great start for the Spartans and some good serves by Lindsey Ammons, Union was off to five-point lead, but the Patriots bounced back and went on to win the first set of the match by a score of 25-15. In the second game, Union was just not in sync and were blown out, 25-4.
The Spartans regrouped and behind the serving of Ammons and Hannah Smith made the third game a close one. The Spartans went up 11-4, but the Patriots fought back to tie the score and go up 15-13. From then on, the lead changed back and forth several times until the Patriots pulled out the victory, 25-22.
For the Spartans, Ammons finished with four kills and Sabrina Newkirk and Chloe Riley had two kills each.
“Our girls jumped out to a really good start at the beginning of the match,” said Union coach Blake Travers. “We were much better serving today than we have been all season. I thought we passed the ball better as the match progressed. Pender won the battle at the net today and that was the key difference.”
Union, now 1-5 on the season, was scheduled to play Thursday at Lakewood and the Spartans will be back on their home court on Tuesday against Neuse Charter.
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