BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union had a trio to score double-digit kills on Tuesday as it pounded its way to a 3-1, Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Milligan (Tenn.).
Union improves to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in the AAC following the 25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 25-18 victory.
Milligan drops to 8-14 overall and 3-6 in the conference.
The Bulldogs had three players to register double-digit kills with Paige Moore leading the way with 15. Caity Merritt followed with 13, while Karina Ramos posted a season-high 12 kills.
Despite the 3-1 match victory, Union had to fight its way through each set to get the decision. The opening frame was tight throughout with neither team holding more than a four-point edge. Milligan cut the margin to 20-19 following a Kylie Whaley kill, but Union accounted for five of the final seven points to claim the 25-21 win.
The second set was nearly all Union, which used an 8-0 run to break open a 13-5 cushion. The Bulldogs were helped by four attack errors and one ball-handling error from the Buffaloes during the rally. Union led by as much as 11 points en route to the 25-15 win and 2-0 match lead.
Milligan controlled the third, maintaining the lead throughout. Union tried to rally but got no closer than 21-18 of taking the lead as Milligan won 25-19, cutting the match to 2-1.
A 5-0 surge gave Union enough push to seize the lead for good and win the fourth set for the 3-1 match win. Up 9-8, Union reeled off five straight points thanks to two kills from Julia Edmonds, and kill each from Merritt and Alexis Means. Milligan cut the margin to 19-17; however, Union closed the match on a 6-1 run to take the set 25-18 and match 3-1.
Heather Fields recorded 48 assists, eight digs and two service aces for Union, while Ana Calaza and Summer Manning helped out with 28 and 14 digs, respectively.
For Milligan, Whaley notched a match-high 18 kills with Jessica Davenport serving up 36 assists.
By the Numbers
- This is the second time this season Union had three players post double-digit kills in the same match. The Bulldogs also did it against Montreat (N.C.) on Sept. 11.
- In the last two match, Fields has recorded 104 assists. She has 348 on the year.
- Both teams had issues serving as they combined for 16 service errors - nine for Milligan and seven for Union.
- Union is 3-0 in matches which last only four sets.
Union travels to Truett-McConnell (Ga.) Friday for another conference showdown. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.