The Unioto Shermans kept their hopes for an SVC volleyball championship alive with a 25-21, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22 win over Westfall Tuesday, handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season.
Unioto pulls to within one match in the standings with three to play.
The Shermans used their tough serving, scrappy defense and balanced offensive attack to keep the Mustangs at-bay all night.
Tied at one set apiece, Unioto rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 6-1 to even the score at 10-10. From there, the Shermans went on a 10-1 run to get in control for a 25-15 win in Set 3. Set 4 was nip-and-tuck most of the way, before Unioto broke open a 20-20 tie to score 5 of the next 7 points for the win.
Alexis Overly led Unioto with 23 kills, 20 digs, 20 assists and 2 aces. Halle White added 17 kills, while Taylor Overly and Karee Neff each had 7 kills. Neff added 10 digs, 2 aces and Taylor Overly had 15 digs and 2 aces. Anna Karr drilled 5 kills and Emily Ward had 16 digs.
Westfall was led by Amanda Curry with 14 kills and Hannah Phillips with 10. Hannah Wallace had 7 kills and 7 blocks, 6 were solos.
Westfall drops to (10-1/14-1) while Unioto improves to (9-2/14-2).
The Mustangs play Piketon on Thursday, then host Huntington Tuesday and travel to Adena to conclude their season.
Unioto goes to Adena this Thursday, hosts Paint Valley Tuesday and finishes at Paint Valley.