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UNION SPRINGS — Already a solid chunk into their season, the Blue Devils were happy to return to the win column.

Moravia earned a 3-0 sweep over Section IV rival Union Springs Tuesday at Union Springs High School by scores of 26-24, 25-23 and 25-22.

In the process, the Blue Devils gained some redemption against the Wolves after dropping all three contests between the two teams, including a sectional match-up, last year.

"Our girls didn't stop," Moravia coach Heather Justian said. "They didn't give up and were going after every ball. Even when their hits were out in the beginning, they kept swinging."

Moravia was led by Maddy Kelly's seven kills and Illeana Ramirez' six kills. Sophia Amos posted four kills and one ace, while Sarah Cuddeback and Alexa Nye tied for the team lead with seven assists apiece. Alethea Banerjee was a factor defensively.

Jess Morgan recorded four kills, seven assists, three aces and four digs for Union Springs, while Ruth Jackson added four kills, three aces and three assists.

Union Springs had a sizable lead in the first game, going ahead 15-9 and forcing a Moravia timeout. The Blue Devils regrouped, taking their first lead of the match at 23-22 before eventually closing it out 26-24.

The second and third frames were similarly played. Moravia led throughout each, but had to fight off late charges by Union Springs to claim each game. The third in particular — Moravia was up 24-14 before Union Springs reeled off eight straight points to make it interesting — came down to the wire.

Still early in their season, the Wolves are adjusting to a new-look team that lost a handful of important players from last year's roster. Head coach Tom Owens explained that his team is still experimenting with rotations and defensive alignments, and that's all been a work in progress.

"As the sets went on the kids started finally getting to where the rotation was supposed to be. For the most part, they did everything I wanted them to do tonight. They fought hard," Owens said. "We just have to tighten a few things up. We're just trying to get better every game."

Already seven matches into its season, Moravia has a week off before hosting Dryden Sept. 18. It'll be the Blue Devils' first match at home so far this season.

"This is our second win of the season, and we're ready to take on the rest of the season," Justian said. "All our games have been away and we haven't had much time to practice inbetween. It'll be nice to get some practice time in and fix everything. We still have a lot to work on but we're getting there."

Only four matches into its season, Union Springs jumps right back into it Saturday at the Tioga tournament.

"If we limit our mistakes, we'll be able to play. I'm not discouraged and I think they're all making progress," Owens said "We have three days, so for these next three days we'll work on (our systems) and I think we'll be OK."

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Sports writer Justin Ritzel can be reached at 282-2257 or at justin.ritzel@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenRitz.

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