SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic and Westfield staged another epic battle on Wednesday night in Scotch Plains, and just like the last time these two state volleyball powers collided the Vikings prevailed in a dramatic three-set thriller to clinch a fifth straight Conference Championship.
After UC, the No. 2 ranked team in the state, rolled to a 25-11 victory in the opening set, No. 19 ranked Westfield evened things up by taking the second set, 25-17. In the tense final set, UC and Westfield were tied at 22-22 before the Vikings went on 3-1 run to close out a 25-23 victory. Junior Aliyah Thomas came up with a the match-clinching point when she placed a floater that no one from Westfield could get to.
These two teams also had a great battle last month when UC came out on top, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22.
With the victory, UC raised its record to 15-1 overall and 10-0 in the Union County Conference.
Thedynamic duo of seniors of Alex Kwasnik (11) and Olivia Szyszkiewicz (eight) combined for 19 kills for Union Catholic. Thomas finished with seven kills and Grace Kane added five of her own. Adrienne Caceda and Abbey Ortiz combined for 23 assists for UC, and Najlaa Williams led the defensive effort with 18 digs.