BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The final score does not necessarily reflect it, but Union played much better in its second match of the season despite the 9-0 loss to visiting Columbia (S.C.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play. The Koalas are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the AAC.
"The team played much better today than it does against SCAD Atlanta (on Saturday)," said Union coach Roscoe Moonieyan. "We won a lot of points today and really put up a battle. Unfortunately, we weren't able to win a lot of games."
Columbia took all three doubles matches, winning 8-4, 8-1 and 8-2. The No. 1 doubles pair of Summer Manning and Richi Shackleford gave Erin Green and Mara Reiss a tough time in the 8-4 contest.
In singles, Manning and Shackleford had best success for the Bulldogs. In No. 1 singles, Manning dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match to Green, while Shackleford lost 6-4, 6-1 to Raven Fair in No. 3 singles. Five of the six Union singles players won at least one game.
"The girls are improving; it's just that they do not have much match experience," said Moonieyan. "Give these the ladies some time, and I really believe they will be able to compete by the end of the season."
Union returns to action on March 3 when it will host Point (Ga.) in another AAC contest. Match time is set for 9:30 a.m.