LEBANON, Tenn. - The Union volleyball team didn't make it easy, but the Lady Bulldogs got the job done on Saturday. Union posted a pair of 3-2 victories on the final day of the Volleydawg Classic to win the tournament.
Union began the day with a 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 15-13 win over Shawnee State (Ohio). In its final match, Union saw its 2-0 match lead disappear against Lindenwood-Belleville. However, Union dominated the fifth set for the 25-21, 25-10 21-25, 20-25, 15-7 decision.
"I saw our team mature over the weekend," said head coach Jeremy Wise. "We eliminated a lot of unforced errors and made smart shots. Our offense lit fire this weekend with some great attack percentage games.
"We let a couple matches go the limit," Wise continued, "but I saw amazing passion and focus in those game fives. I am more than pleased with our ladies' performance this weekend."
The Lady Bulldogs were the only undefeated team in the tournament, going 4-0 to improve to 8-4 on the year.
The Volleydawg Classic was hosted by Cumberland (Tenn.) in Lebanon, Tenn.
Union gutted out a tough fifth set to defeat Shawnee. Tied at 9-9, the Lady Bulldogs opened up a 13-10 lead with the help of two kills from Brooke Hill and another from Caity Merritt. Shawnee State rallied to cut the margin to 14-13, but Merritt delivered her 19th kill of the match for the final point to give Union the win.
Versus Lindenwood-Belleville, Union dominated the first two sets to take 2-0 advantage. But the Lynx rallied to take the next two frames to force fifth set.
Union was all business in the final frame. Up 7-6, the Lady Bulldogs scored eight of the final nine points to win the set 15-7 and the match 3-2.
Moore led Union with 15 kills, while Merritt, Julia Edmonds and Karina Ramos each had eight kills. Edmonds and Hill each had five kills with Ramos following with four. Heather Fields and Gray each had 20 assists, and Calaza made 28 digs.
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Union returns home on Tuesday to host Virginia Intermont in Appalachian Athletic Conference play at 6:30 p.m.