ROCKY GROVE — Natalie Franke broke the Union City school volleyball record for kills leading the Lady Bears to a sweep over Rocky Grove 25-19, 25-19, 25-11.
Franke’s 17 kills surpassed the kill record previously held by Megan Kimmy who played from 2007-2010. Kimmy had 354 and Franke now has 367. Earlier this season she set UC’s record for aces.
On Thursday, she also had eight digs. Eliza Reynolds registered seven digs and seven kills while Emma Hopson had seven digs.
Abby Tingley produced six digs, Cyaira Zelinski with 30 assists and five aces as Union City improved its overall record to 12-1.
“We started out slow tonight but eventually played to our ability level,” said coach Rachel Moore. “We looked like a well-oiled machine the last set, leading us in the right direction for our big game on Tuesday against Cambridge Springs.
“It was a good win but now we need to put it aside in order to begin preparing for the week ahead of us,” she stated. “We need to learn from our mistakes, work on them in practice, until they are no longer our weaknesses.
“Natalie Franke is an extremely talented player and has been for Union City the past four years,” Moore claimed. “She is a player that leads by example. As a first-year coach, it is thrilling to work with such an amazing athlete.
“She has the right mindset, she will receive her rightlydeserved acknowledgement but will come into practice the next day to work hard toward the team's next goal,” she added.
CLYMER, N.Y. — Chautauqua Lake clipped Clymer in Thursday’s Central Division volleyball match 25-6, 25-7, 25-15.
The Lady Thunderbirds moved to 9-1 while the Pirates fell to 2-8.
Clymer’s Karly Honey collected nine digs. Emma Woods had three digs, one kill and two blocks while Mikala Einink contributed one ace, three assists and four digs.
For Chautauqua Lake, Sophie Woodis had seven kills and two blocks while Mollie Meadows registered six aces, five digs and 17 assists.
Chautauqua Lake won the JV matchup 25-5, 25-13, 25-13.