BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union volleyball team dropped a 3-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference match to visiting Bryan (Tenn.) on Monday, marking the first time the Lady Bulldogs lost a home conference match since 2008.
Bryan took the match by the scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-18.
Union had won its last 31 home conference matches. Former AAC member King (Tenn.) was the last to beat Union at Robsion Arena in a 3-0 contest on Sept. 9, 2008.
The loss puts the Lady Bulldogs at 8-12 overall and 4-3 in conference play, while the Lady Lions are now 18-7 overall and 7-1 in the AAC.
Paige Moore led Union with 11 kills, while Caity Merritt and Cat Neumann followed with seven kills apiece. Chandler Gray served up 20 assists, and Brooke Porter notched 11 digs.
The opening set was a see-saw battle but Union led 18-15. Bryan fought back and claimed a 21-20 lead. After Union tied it at 21-all on a Christa Hicks kill, Bryan scored four of the final five points to take the set 25-22.
The second set was much like the first as Union once again held an 18-15 lead. However, Bryan used a 6-0 rally to take a 21-18 advantage. Union cut it to 21-20, but once again, Bryan closed the frame by taking four of the final six points to win 25-22.
Bryan controlled much of the third set, leading by as much as 19-15. Union got the deficit down to three, yet Bryan took the final four points to capture the 25-18 decision and 3-0 match victory.
Union returns to action on Wednesday when it plays host to AAC newcomer Point (Ga.). Match time is set for 6:30 p.m.