BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The Union College volleyball team took care of business on Saturday as it swept both of its Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) matches, defeating visiting St. Andrews (N.C.) and Bryan (Tenn.).
Union avenged one of its only two conference losses with a 25-20, 25-11, 25-20 win over St. Andrews in the opener. The Bulldogs wrapped up the day with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 sweep over the Lady Lions of Bryan.
With the wins, Union improves to 28-9 overall and 19-2 in the AAC.
Match 1 – Union 3, St. Andrews 0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-20)
Union came out of the game focused and wasted little time in picking up the 3-0 win over St. Andrews.
"Our first match went well, and we stuck with our game plan and executed well, especially the second set," said Union coach Jeremy Wise. "I was pleased that keep showing improvements and that we won that match in three sets."
The Bulldogs registered a team hitting percentage of 0.295 with Marissa Elam (JR/Muncie, Ind.) leading the way with 10 kills. Julia Edmonds (SR/Burlington, Ky.) followed with seven, while Rachel Andrews (JR/Louisville, Ky. ) knocked home six.
After a solid opening set win, Union seized control of the match in the second frame. Starting out down 3-1, the Bulldogs went on a 19-3 stretch in opening up a 20-6 cushion. The teams traded points down the stretch as Union took the set 25-11.
St. Andrews jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the third set, but Union responded with an 11-4 spurt to nab a 14-11 advantage. The Knights got the margin within one but were never able to regain the lead as the Bulldogs won 25-20 to complete the sweep.
Union posted 11 total team blocks with Andrews, Elam and Elle Barnett (JR/Lexington, Ky.) each recording two solo blocks.
Match 2 – Union 3, Bryan 0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-17)
The Bulldogs continues their solid play in the final match of the day, recording a 3-0 sweep over the Lady Lions.
"It's always good to get a sweep, especially with a conference rival like Bryan," Wise said. "Having two on the day gives us great momentum going into Tuesday's match where we will need to defend our home court one more time to claim at least a share of the regular-season championship. I'm proud that our team stayed focused all day."
Andrews led the Union attack with eight kills, while Edmonds notched seven. Maddie Jergesen (FR/Carson City, Nev.) helped out with six with Elam and Jenna Nelson (JR/Florence, Ky. ) each adding five.
Paulina Hileman (JR/Johnstown, Colo.) logged 20 digs in the win, and Carson Gray (SO/Alexandria, Ky.) and Ivana Kazic (SR/Belgrade, Serbia) each registered 17 assists.
Union will close out the regular season Tuesday against AAC foe Montreat (N.C.). A win will guarantee at least a share of the AAC regular-season championship. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.