“Digs are probably one of my favorite things,” Kammerer said.
Finishing the win was a chore again, however.
Unity led 21-16 after an ace by Frederick, but her next serve was deep, and QC Christian’s Christina Poston ripped off three straight aces to draw the Eagles within 21-20.
Frederick stopped the comeback with a push kill, and Natalie Hirl ended it moments later with an ace as the Eagles’ serve-receive attempt went out of bounds.
“They never — sometimes I don’t know how they do it — they never let down,” Fullan said. “I could tell they really, really wanted it.”
The desire just increased after the loss in Game 1.
The teams traded long serving runs to open the match. Quad Cities Christian’s Nicole Winters served four aces during a six-point run that put her team up 6-1, but moments later, Unity’s Jessi VanderEide responded with five aces and another service winner as the Knights ripped off 12 straight points.
Unity still led by seven at 16-9 before the Eagles started to claw back in it. They got within 20-19 on an ace by Winters, but a hitting error, an ace by VanderEide and a kill by Kammerer put the Knights just two points from victory.
The Knights couldn’t finish it, though. The Eagles ran off four points, with a kill by Theresa Granato tying the game at 23. A hitting error by Granato put Unity one point from clinching, but the Eagles came back with three straight points on a Unity service error, an ace by Shannon Pairsot and a ball-handling error on Unity that ended it.
The Knights turned things around after that, though, and they think they’re turning heads of those who thought this might be a rebuilding year for Unity, which starts two freshmen and two sophomores along with Frederick and Kammerer.