CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Union College volleyball team collected a pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) wins on Saturday, defeating host Truett McConnell (Ga.) 3-1 and Allen (S.C.) 3-0.
"Overall, the team played well and finished each set on good runs today," said head coach Jeremy Wise. "We utilized our bench a lot today, and they all stepped up and help our level of play to a high standard."
With the wins, the Bulldogs improve to 22-8 overall and 13-2 in AAC play.
Match 1 – Union 3, Truett McConnell 1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Rachel Andrews (JR/Louisville, Ky. ) helped Union control the net in this match, recording 11 kills and four total blocks in the 3-1 victory.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start with a 25-17 set one win; however, the Lady Bears countered with a 25-22 decision in set two to even the match at 1-1. But Union seized control of the match and took the final two frames by the scores of 25-17 and 25-14.
Union registered 55 kills in the match and had 11.0 blocks. After Andrews, Elle Barnett (JR/Lexington, Ky.) and Julia Edmonds (SR/Burlington, Ky.) led the attack with eight kills apiece, while Maddie Jergesen (FR/Carson City, Nev.) notched seven. Edmonds posted six total blocks with three solos and three assisted blocks, while Jergesen had four total blocks – including three solos.
Maggie McGraw (SO/Elkhorn, Wis.) notched 17 digs to go with her six kills, and Paulina Hileman (JR/Johnstown, Colo.) registered 21 digs. Ivana Kazic (SR/Belgrade, Serbia) and Carson Gray (SO/Alexandria, Ky.) registered 24 and 22 assists, respectively.
Match 2 – Union 3, Allen 0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-15)
Union made short work of Allen in posting a 25-13, 25-15, 25-15 sweep.
Katie Latham (SO/Somerset, Ky.) led the Bulldog attack with six kills, while McGraw recorded 18 digs.
The Bulldogs dominated play in the first two sets, quickly jumping out to double-digit leads en route to the 25-13 and 25-15 decisions. Play was a little tighter in the third set as it was tied at 9-all early on. However, an 11-1 run opened things up for Union on its way to the 25-15 set three win and 3-0 match victory.
Union returns to action Tuesday when it visits Bluefield (Va.) in another AAC contest. The match is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.