The Go-Hawks swept the Knights, who didn’t go down without a fight. After staving off three game points in the third game, the second-ranked Go-Hawks scored the final three points to advance to the 3A state semifinals, 25-11, 25-22, 31-29. The defending state champions will face West Delaware (40-3) Friday at 1:30 p.m.
“When you come to state, you know everybody is going to put up their best fight,” WSR senior Rachel Peth said. “But I didn’t expect them to come out this well.”
Peth notched two of her game-high 14 kills in the final three points to close out the match. Morgan Kuhrt added 10 kills and Kinsey Caldwell added 23 for the Go-Hawks (49-1). The performance could have been sharper, but its time to look toward trying to reach the finals again.
“We’ve got to move forward,” Peth said, “and forget about this one.”
Sam Barz had 10 kills and Payton Hilton, Casey Barney and Mary Wrage added six apiece to lead Union, which ended its season at 30-7 and returns 11 players for next year.
“We gave it all we had, but we didn’t have quite enough. Our hustle was outstanding,” Union Coach Brian Jesse said. “We knew we were going to have to dig some balls against some very good hitters.”
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