Shana­han de­feats Unionville to stay per­fect

Shana­han makes quick work of Unionville to stay per­fect

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­trick Crossan For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia @crossan 11 on Twit­ter

Bishop Shana­han was not mess­ing around Tues­day, and Unionville was on the re­ceiv­ing end.

The Ea­gles wasted no time in adding to their al­ready per­fect Ches-Mont League record with a straight-sets win over Unionville, 25-9, 25-12, 25-12, stay­ing on top of the league with a 4-0 mark.

“We def­i­nitely came out strong es­pe­cially after our tour­na­ment this past week­end,” said Bishop Shana­han out­side hit­ter Alexa Mar­cum. “We didn’t let up at all. We came up against a team that has a lot of good hit­ters and we played de­fense and did a great job.”

Mar­cum was the most pro­lific server Tues­day to go along with her nine digs. Mar­cum’s serves of­ten put Unionville in bad po­si­tions for re­turns.

“Unionville is sup­posed to be one of the teams that will be chal­leng­ing for the league ti­tle,” said Bishop Shana­han head coach Greg Ash­man. “They are fac­ing some in­juries and sick­ness to­day which hurts. But they put up a good fight.”

The Ea­gles were able to es­tab­lish leads early in all three sets, and at that point, and it was too much for Unionville to over­come.

“We’ve got to keep try­ing hard,” said Unionville head coach Clee Brun. “Ob­vi­ously Shana­han is a top team in the state but we want to be there too. And I think we can be there. I think we are that com­pet­i­tive and have the tal­ent. But we have ar­eas that need growth. By the end of the season,

we will be able to match up against teams like this.”

A big part of what made Shana­han suc­cess­ful came from the im­pact of their set­ters.

“I love that the set­ters kept our hit­ters in rhythm to­day,” Ash­man said. “We ran our mid­dles a lot which is what we were try­ing to get more es­tab­lished. Our pass­ing was re­ally good tonight and com­ing off our tour­na­ment this past week­end play­ing some of the top teams in the state helped pre­pare us for our league.”

Re­nee Shultz and Ce­an­dra Ash­man were in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the Ea­gles’ hit­ters, com­bin­ing for 21 out of the team’s 24 as­sists. Shultz had 10 as­sists and Ash­man led the team with 11.

Ash­man said get­ting the three-set win was es­pe­cially im­por­tant be­cause the Ea­gles are fo­cused on de­fend­ing their home court.

Cara Shultz led the team in kills with 13 in 30 at­tempts to go along with six digs.

Even though Unionville lost, Brun is still op­ti­mistic the In­di­ans can con­tend in their divi­sion.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally I think we are a top four or five team as a whole in the Ches-Mont,” Brun said. “I would be very sur­prised if we do not make district play­offs and think we would like to go a cou­ple of rounds in. De­pend­ing on the growth dur­ing the season and hope­fully, we see Bishop Shana­han again.”

Alli Lowe led Unionville with eight kills and 11 digs.

Bishop Shana­han will puts its per­fect Ch­esMont record on the line Thurs­day against West Chester East.

“I don’t know what to ex­pect from East,” Ash­man said. “I haven’t heard any­thing about them other than they have a cou­ple of wins. We’ll find out soon enough.”

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Bishop Shana­han’s Cara Shultz (33) fol­lows through on a kill at the net as Unionville’s Reilly Green (16) and Natalie Mills (14) de­fend Tues­day at Shana­han.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Bishop Shana­han’s Re­nee Shultz sets the ball dur­ing Tues­day’s match against Unionville.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Above, Unionville’s Alli Lowe fires a shot as Bishop Shana­han’s Alyssa Wright (7) and Ju­lia Thomas de­fend Tues­day at Shana­han. At left, Unionville’s Alli Lowe re­turns a shot against Bishop Shana­han Tues­day.

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