BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Union College volleyball team started the 2007 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament on a strong note Friday, however a setback in the semifinal round knockedthe Lady Bulldogs into the losers' bracket.
Union, the regular-season champs and top seed, handed Virginia Intermont, the No. 8 seed, a 3-0 loss to set up the semifinal contest against UVa-Wise, the fourth-seed. UVa-Wise defeated Covenant (Ga.) College, 3-0, to move into the semifinals.
UVa-Wise took the match against Union, 3-2, to advance to the winners’ bracket final against King, scheduled to be played at7 p.m. Friday. The loss drops Union (33-13 overall)into the losers’ bracket and the Lady Bulldogs will play Bryan (Tenn.) College at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. King, the tournament host, defeated Bryan 3-0 in the other semifinal match.
The Lady Bulldogs took the first game of their match with UVa-Wise 30-22 before UVa-Wise responded with two straight wins, 30-21 and 30-25. Union tied the match with a 30-24 win in the fourth, but UVa-Wise captured the match with a 15-12 score in the fifth game.
Junior Stephanie Pateman (Weyburn, Canada) etched her name into the Union record book with 14 kills in the Virginia Intermont contest to take the single-season record. She added 20 more kills in the UVa-Wise contest to give her 557 on the season, passing Marlee Cooper (Bloomington, Ill.) and her previous record of 530.
Against UVa-Wise, Christina Prindle (Florence, Ky.) recorded a career-best 56 assists, and Tracie Phillips (Bowling Green, Ky.) accounted for 24 digs.
To go with Pateman’s team-high 20 kills, Brooke Vinovich (Somerset, Ky.) and Deena O’Hare (Perry, Canada) recorded 15 and 14 kills, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs used scores of 30-18, 30-23 and 30-24 to knock Virginia Intermont out of the tournament.
O’Hare led the Union offense with 14 kills while Pateman added 12 more. The duo of Vinovich and Autumn Combs (Florence, Ky.) added ten kills apiece. Combs also recorded five blocks.
Prindle was credited with 47 assists and Phillips added to her single-season school record with 19 more digs.
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