Uniontown head volleyball coach Jessy Madison was a player on two of the most successful teams in program history, and the former Lady Red Raider wants to get the team back to consistently competing for playoff spots and section championships.
Madison earned her first coaching victory at home in Uniontown’s 3-0 sweep over Brownsville on Monday night in non-section play at AJ Everhart Memorial Gymnasium.
“Our goal is to get another number up there,” said Madison in reference to the section banners that hang on the wall at the home of the Red Raiders. “I tell these girls that they have to want it to achieve it. It is a very challenging section, but our goal is to win it.”
Down 6-5 after a service error, the Lady Red Raiders (1-1, 2-1) went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-6 lead in the first set, and Brownsville coach Cam Coffey took a timeout.
The Lady Falcons (1-0, 1-1) scored two points, but Uniontown went on a 10-2 run to push its advantage to 20-10 before winning the set, 25-12.
“I have a really young team,” Coffey said. “We only have three girls back from last year’s team, and one that played significantly. We started three freshmen and one sophomore. We had a lot of unforced errors tonight, but the seniors we do have are mentoring the younger girls.”
The Lady Red Raiders jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second set, and never looked back in winning, 25-7, to go up 2-0.
Brownsville had an early 3-0 lead in the third set, but Uniontown used an 8-2 run to take a four-point lead and Coffey took a timeout. The Lady Falcons battled back, and the third set was tied at 17 before the Lady Red Raiders used an 8-2 run to close out the match.
“Sometimes our girls lose it for a second, but then they pick it back up,” Madison said. “They worked on their passing and setting, and did very well with their communication. We have a nice mix of youth and veteran players.”
Coffey was pleased with his team’s tenacity, especially in the third set.
“I thought our girls picked it up as the match went along and they all fight,” Coffey said. “They all play other sports and that works to their advantage. We had 27 girls come out for the team, and there is room to grow. I believe we will be a strong contender in two to three years. We played a team that is in Class AAA and we are in Class AA, so I think we will be competitive in section play.”
Uniontown sophomore Summer Hawk had seven aces and one dig.
“I’m super proud of her,” Madison said. “She was timid at first, but has shown that she can do it. She is also a lefty, and that really helps.”
Senior Abigail Bellina had six kills, three blocks, one assist and one ace, and classmate Mya Murray had five kills, one block and one ace.
“We have a nice mix of girls,” Madison said. “They all know each other and how they work. We have a relatively young team.”
Tyannah Eddings had 11 assists, one kill and one ace, and Jada McCargo had five digs.
The Lady Red Raiders host Ringgold while the Lady Falcons welcome Southmoreland. Both section matches begin at 7:30 p.m.