CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Junior Caity Merritt delivered a career-high 17 kills, but it was not enough as the Union volleyball team dropped its season-opener in a tight 3-2 decision to Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Friday at the Lee (Tenn.) University Classic.
Union is 0-1 on the season, while Olivet Nazarene is 1-1 having lost to No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan 3-1 earlier in the day.
The Lady Bulldogs won the first set 25-22, but Olivet Nazarene battled back to take the next two frames 25-16 and 25-20. Union evened the match with a 25-20 decision in the fourth frame. The fifth set went back and forth, and Union led 12-11. However, Olivet Nazarene captured the final four points for the 15-12 set win and the 3-2 match victory.
Merritt posted a .433 hitting percentage with her 17 kills in 30 attempts with only four errors. Paige Moore added eight kills, while Gabrielle Kelly notched a career-high 26 digs.
Union returns to action Saturday at 9 a.m. against Indiana Wesleyan and again at 3 p.m. versus Xavier (La.).