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.
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.
For Milligan, Whaley notched a match-high 18 kills with Jessica Davenport serving up 36 assists.
By the Numbers
Union travels to Truett-McConnell (Ga.) Friday for another conference showdown. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.
|Milligan (Tenn.) (8-14, 3-6 AAC)||21||15||25||18||1|
|Union College (11-5, 5-2 AAC)||25||25||19||25||3|
|Milligan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Union College|
|#24 Kylie Whaley - 18||Kills||#10 Paige Moore - 15|
|#24 Kylie Whaley - 2||Blocks||4 Players - 1|
|#02 Kaitlyn Round - 17||Digs||#4 Ana Calaza - 28|
|2 Players (#03,#24) - 1||Aces||2 Players (#3,#4) - 2|
|Milligan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Union College|