BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The 2008 Appalachian Athletic Conference opener did not turn out as planned for the Union College volleyball team on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of the Bryan (Tenn.) College Lady Lions.
Bryan took the first set 25-23 and Union rebounded for a 25-15 win in the next set. The third and fourth sets went to the visitors with scores of 25-14 and 25-21. This was the first conference match for both teams in 2008. Union moved to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play while Bryan shares a similar 4-2 overall record but is 1-0 in the AAC.
Three categories saw season-highs for Union in the contest and each led the individual category for the contest. Stephanie Pateman (Weyburn, Canada) led the team with 10 kills. Monica Moreland (Louisville, Ky.) was credited with 30 assists and Christina Prindle (Florence, Ky.) had 22 digs.
Moreland and Prindle served two aces apiece while Autumn Combs (Florence, Ky.) recorded two total blocks. Brooke Vinovich (Somerset, Ky.) added nine kills as well.
Alison Young had 11 kills to lead Bryan's offense. Hannah Suits added 14 assists.
Union will play host to Covenant (Ga.) College for another AAC contest Saturday at 1 p.m. Shawnee State (Ohio) University will also visit Barbourville to play Union at 5 p.m. Shawnee State and Covenant will play at 3 p.m. as well.
In junior varsity action earlier in the evening, Bryan took a 2-0 victory from the Lady Bulldogs. Bryan took the sets with scores of 25-21 and 25-20. For Union, Cailin Cornett (Annville, Ky.) had 10 digs. Nikki Bistline (Frankfort, Ky.) led the team with 12 kills and Lauren Wilson (Corbin, Ky.) added eight more kills. Lesley Isaacs (McKee, Ky.) added 20 assists.
Lady Bulldog Notes
Union owns a 1-2 record in matches that last four games this season after a 11-5 record in such matches in 2007.
Vinovich has recorded at least eight kills five times this season.
The last meeting between Union and Bryan was a 3-1 loss as well for the Lady Bulldogs in the 2007 NAIA Region XII Tournament.