Volleyball - Sat, Oct. 26, 2013
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Union College (19-7, 12-3 AAC)232222000
Bryan (Tenn.) (28-1, 17-0 AAC)252525003
Dayton, TN
Union CollegeIndv. LeadersBryan (Tenn.)
#10 Paige Moore - 9Kills #10 Kara Stamper - 11
4 Players - 1Blocks 2 Players (#4,#6) - 3
#4 Ana Calaza - 23Digs #8 Taylor Fink - 15
3 Players - 1Aces #8 Taylor Fink - 2
Union CollegeTeam StatisticsBryan (Tenn.)
0.077Hitting %: 0.183
5.0Blocks: 11.0
58Digs: 54
3Aces: 5

DAYTON, Tenn. The Union volleyball team put up a valiant effort but came up short, losing to host Bryan (Tenn.) 3-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Saturday.

Although swept, the Bulldogs were in each set as the Lady Lions won 25-23, 25-22, 25-22.

"We fought hard all day but came up just short each time," said Union coach Jeremy Wise. "We just need to focus and execute at the end of matches, especially with a hostile crowd. The good thing is the difference between us and the top team in the conference is just a matter of inches, and we still get to play them in our gym before the conference tournament."

The Bulldogs held the lead in each set, even owning an 18-11 edge in the opening frame. However, the Lady Lions rallied back and closed out for the win each time.

The loss snaps Union's five-match win streak as it is now 19-7 overall and 12-3 in conference play. Bryan improves to 28-1 overall and 17-0 in the AAC.

The two teams meet again next Saturday in Barbourville at 4 p.m.

Paige Moore led Union with nine kills with Caity Merritt adding eight. Ana Calaza recorded 23 digs.

For Bryan, Kara Stamper posted a match-high 11 kills, while Carolyn Evans followed with 10.

Union returns to action Tuesday when it plays at Milligan (Tenn.). The AAC match is set to start at 6:30 p.m.