Volleyball - Wed, Jun. 28, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College head volleyball coach Jeremy Wise welcomes in a setter from Virginia as Candace Alley committed to be a Bulldog for the 2017 campaign.

Alley graduated from Pulaski County High School in Dublin, Va., and helped Lady Cougars to the semifinal round of the Conference 24 semifinal round during her senior season.

"She is quick, scrappy defender, who is also strong and can make all the different variety of sets with ease," Wise said of Alley. "Her serving will also be an asset to the team. She also brings with her a great attitude, on court leadership, and a plays with a smile and passion."

Alley holds several Pulaski County school records, including most aces in a match (7), most assists in a match (33), most aces in a season (47), most digs in a season (263), most aces in a career (109), most assists in a career (685), and most digs in a career (582).

The daughter of Steve and Londa Alley, Alley is a solid student in the classroom as well and intends to major in nursing at Union.

"I had almost decided to give up volleyball because I couldn't find a school that offered the right combination of education that I wanted and volleyball," Alley said in an interview with The Southwest Times. "I had originally planned to go to another school and not play, but then this opportunity presented itself. We went down and visited campus and I knew right away it was a good fit. Coach Jeremy Wise took the time to show us around and spent the whole day with us. The facilities were great and the campus felt like home. The Bulldogs have a great program and I'm excited to become a part of it."

Union completed arguably its best season ever, tying the program record for wins in a season in finishing 34-11 overall. The Bulldogs captured both the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular-season and tournament championships and went 2-2 in the NAIA National Championship Tournament, becoming the first team in the AAC to win a match in the national tournament.