Unity Advances to PVL Championship Semi-Finals
Utah will take on Team Iowa Ice at 10 to determine who moves on to the Championship Game.
Salt Lake City (May 27 2012)- Utah Unity stormed back in the Premier Volleyball League quarterfinals to survive and advance into the semi-finals and keep the hope of winning the first PVL Championship alive.
In the final game of pool play Monday morning, Unity fell in five sets to the top-ranked Hoosier Exterminators (25-12, 11-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-7). The loss dropped Utah to the second in the pool and matched them up with Team Florida Wave, the second ranked team coming into the tournament.
Unity fell behind early against Wave, before making a dramatic comeback. Utah dropped the first two sets 25-21 and 25-22 before storming back to win the final three 25-18, 25-15 and 15-10. The win moves the team onto the semi-finals of the PVL Tournament and assures them at least two more games.
Should Unity beat Iowa they will play the winner between Hoosier Exterminators and Team North Texas in the championship game at 4:30. If they lose they will face the loser between Hoosier and North Texas in the third place game.
Besides playing for the pride of the first PVL Championship there is also prize money on the line. The Championship team will win $10,000, runner-up $6,500 and the third place winner will take home $3,500.
Unity Remains Undefeated in Day Two of Premier Volleyball League Play
Team will finish pool play against also undefeated Hoosier Exterminators tomorrow
Salt Lake City (May 27 2012)- Utah Unity continued their strong play in day two of the Premier Volleyball League, a new professional league that is being played as a part of the 2012 USA Volleyball Open National Volleyball Championships in Salt Lake City. Unity knocked off Western Empire in four games (25-21, 22-25, 25-12, 25-19) and Arizona Sizzle in three-game sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-13).
Crimson Club Hall of Famer Brenda Whicker’s serving skills were vital in the win against Western Empire as she contributed four aces. Former BYU Cougar Kayla Walker continued to pace the team collecting a team-high 12 kills while hitting .670 from the Right Side position. Utah continued to be efficient in their hitting .313 as a team compared to just .174 for Western Empire. Alyssa D’Errico had 15 kills and 14 digs in the losing effort for Western Empire.
Nebraska imports Tara Mueller and Brooke Delano did most of the damage in the second match of the day against Arizona. Delano, a Middle Blocker, had 10 kills while Outside Hitter Mueller led the team with 11 kills.
“Right now we are playing with passion, love for each other and love for the game,” said team captain Sydney Anderson. ”We are having a lot of fun and playing volleyball like we are 12-years old again.”
With the two victories Unity moved to 4-0 in pool play and is assured a spot in the gold bracket tomorrow afternoon. Utah will play the top ranked and also undefeated Hoosier Exterminators at 11:30 tomorrow to finish pool play. The winner of that game will enter tournament play as the pool winner, and the top overall seed. Tournament play begins with the quarter-finals at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Semi-finals will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning with the bronze medal game coming at 2:30 and the gold medal game at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.