BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union volleyball team stayed perfect in Appalachian Athletic Conference play as it posted a 3-0 sweep over visiting St. Andrews (N.C.) on Thursday.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improve to 3-5 overall and 2-0 in the AAC. St. Andrews fall to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Senior Cat Neumann led Union with 10 kills and a .571 hitting percentage, making only two errors in 14 attempts. Paige Moore followed with nine kills to go with three service aces, while Caity Merritt delivered seven kills and posted a .500 hitting percentage.
Union opened the first set with a 6-2 cushion, but St. Andrews rallied to cut the margin to 7-6. The Lady Bulldogs bounced back to claim a 16-7 cushion. During the rally, Moore hammered home three kills. Up 19-10, Union closed out the match by taking the final six points with Neumann recording three kills.
The second frame was very similar to the first as the Lady Bulldogs built a 14-3 advantage. Heather Fields had two service aces during the run. From that point on, the teams essentially swamped points as Union took the frame 25-11 for a 2-0 lead in the match.
St. Andrews kept the third set close, first by using a 4-0 rally to make it a 10-9 game and then finally tying the set at 16-all. St. Andrews made one last ditch to win a set, scoring four of five points to pull within 21-20. However, Union sealed the match with a 4-1 run, punctuating the win with a Hollie Hopkins ace.
Taylor Clay led St. Andrews with four kills and five total blocks.
Union returns to action Friday when it plays Shawnee State (Ohio) at 2 p.m. and Georgetown (Ky.) at 8 p.m. at the Rumpke Invitational in Georgetown, Ky.