The Union Catholic High School girls volleyball team won its 10th Union County Tournament title on Friday night.
The top-seeded Vikings defeated No. 2 Westfield in straight sets, 25-23, 25-20, to win its first title since 2011.
“It’s kind of a sense of relief, we hadn’t won since 2011 and it was definitely a goal when we started the season and to finally accomplish it,” Union Catholic coach Nancy Saggio said. “It’s a weight off our shoulders.”
The two teams had already met twice this season, splitting the series 1-1.
“We split the regular season, the second time we met we won and won in three sets so we wanted to clean up our game and make sure we were successful in the third meeting,” Saggio said.
The Vikings (18-5) held off the Blue Devils (16-5) in the first set 25-23 after blowing an early lead. In the second set, Westfield went up 8-0, forcing Union Catholic to climb out of a hole.
“We were down 8-0 and we just started to chip away at their lead and we cut it down to four, then three, then two and then we went up and momentum just shifted and stayed with us,” Saggio said
For Union Catholic, Syierra Herbert finished with four aces and six kills. Julia Hayes had 10 kills and one block, Emily Jones had two aces, one kill, nine assists and one dig. Kassy Macejiak finished with 13 assists and Samantha Thelen had one ace and seven digs.
Stephanie Borr had six kills and four digs for Westfield and Lizzie Sottung finished with 12 digs. Lindsay Miller had three kills, three aces, five digs and eight assists.