Barbourville, Ky. – The Bulldogs of Union College entered Tuesday evening's game against the Bryan College Lions Women's Volleyball team on a 13-game win streak in search of number 14, and the Lions looked to break the run. After three straight sets, it was Union who prevailed, moving to 19-4 overall and 8-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play while Bryan dropped their overall record to 4-13 and AAC record to 3-4.
Back to back attack errors by the Bulldogs helped give the Lions their first two points of the opening set, but Union countered for an 8-1 run for a commanding 10-3 edge. The gap proved too large for Bryan to overcome as the Bulldogs cruised to a first set score of 25-12.
Another similar start came in the second set as the Lions found themselves trailing the Bulldogs 10-4, but Union would eventually build their lead into double-digits at 18-8 before claiming a 2-0 lead after taking the frame 25-12.
Union broke free in the beginning of the third and final set with a 10-3 advantage, but Bryan caught fire as they pieced together seven unanswered points to level the score 10-10. An assist by Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) to Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. ) for the kill helped spark the rally before Jennifer Keck (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) followed with an ace, Dunlop registered two more kills, and Brooke Stowell (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.) fired two kills. The next two points went the Bulldog's way, but the Lions wouldn't let Union out of their sight as they tied them at 13-13 and 14-14. Unfortunately for Bryan, the momentum shifted as Union went on a 4-0 run and never looked back. The Bulldogs would surrender only two more points to the Lions before sealing the last set 25-16 and the match 3-0.
Union hammered away 44 kills with an impressive .333 attack percentage, while Bryan ended with 20 total kills and a .086 average. Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) led the attack for the Lions with six kills and a notable .429 with Dunlop following at five kills and .053 average. Stowell tallied three kills, both Emalie Hicks (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) and Anna Owens (FR/Thompsons Station, Tenn.) had two kills apiece, and the duo of Janie Smith (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Sidney Pierce (FR/Chickamauga, Ga.) turned in one kill each. Salas led in assists with eight, Keck collected five assists, and Pierce dished out four assists. The only Lion to land in double-digit digs was Kristen Parrish (SR/Decatur, Ala.) with 17.
Bryan gets the week off and returns to the court on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30pm in Summers Gymnasium when they host Tennessee Wesleyan University.
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