EL DORADO — Union Mine needed just 40 minutes Thursday to sweep Liberty Ranch in a Sierra Valley Conference Senior Night match at the Snake Pit.
The Lady Diamondbacks (7-4, 7-8) prevailed 25-10, 25-11, 25-20.
Union Mine dominated the first set behind seniors Brooke Howton, Taylor Thomas, Macallan Smith, McKaela Vonasek, Madi Verner and Andrea Barnes.
“We played better this time than we did last time,” said D’back coach Kasey Del Rio about last month’s four-set victory. “Our passing was on tonight.”
The second set was a repeat performance for Union Mine. Early kills from Verner and Gabrielle Fredericks set the tone.
In the final set, Union Mine jumped out 9-3 behind kills from Kylie Russell, Smith and Vonasek. The Hawks showed life in rallying to a 17-15 lead but a side out and two aces from Fredericks returned the lead to Union Mine which went on to the win.
Barnes, one of three captains on the team, said the D’backs have jelled since the start of the season.
“Once we started playing as a team, we just connected,” Barnes said. “Communication is our biggest thing.”
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