CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels displayed a degree of grit and determination that was very laudable on Wednesday night, scrapping back from several deficits versus Union in volleyball action.
However, the Bulldogs were able to prevail over the Eels in four sets, 19-25, 25-18, 25-27, 22-25.
After dropping the first set to the Bulldogs, the Eels rallied to put on a show for their home fans.
The Eels got early kills from Ashley McCullough and a block from senior Rena Ramos to open up a quick 6-3 lead. The Eels then sent Chelsee Gerber to the service line where she quickly dropped a pair of aces on the Bulldogs as Clay City went ahead 10-4 in the early stages of game two.
Union was unable to contend with the Eels who were firing on all cylinders as Sarah Kennedy and Ramos picked up another pair of blocks, a kill by McCullough and a service ace from Brooklyn Wellman and the Eels closed out the Bulldogs on a 7-2 run.
In the third set, Union took the early advantage as Stacey Secrest rang up a pair of quick kills up front coupled with one from Amanda Thompson. The Bulldogs led 9-5 in the early going before the Eels put together another promising run.
Wellman helped the Eels go on a five point run to knot the score at 10-all as McCullough sent home one kill and tipped another ball to open space for Clay City.
The score would remain close with the Eels edging out to a 19-16 lead on an unforced hitting from the Bulldogs and a Kennedy block at the net. However, with the Eels ahead 21-18, Union sent Amanda Hathaway to the service line where she sent home a pair of aces before Secrest's powerful hitting rang up a pair of kills. The six point run gave Union a 24-22 advantage before a net violation by Secrest and another Clay City point closed the gap to 25-24.
McCullough evened the score with her fifth kill of the set but Union would squeeze out the victory on a hitting error by the Eels, 27-25.
The fourth and final set would be just as close with Union getting out to a 15-10 lead midway through the set, but the Eels would scrap back into the match on three more service points by Wellman. The Eels would tie the set at 17-all before unforced errors would allow the Bulldogs to scramble out to the 25-22 win.
For the match, McCullough had 11 kills despite missing part of the final set and Ramos added four kills and two blocks with Wellman picking up 17 service points.
The Eels will be back in action tonight versus Owen Valley at home.