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Union volleyball tops Freed-Hardeman 3-2 on Dig Pink night

JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/13/2009 - The Union University volleyball team evened the season series with Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University after a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 15-9) victory at home on Tuesday night. The win snapped a streak of seven straight TranSouth wins for Freed-Hardeman. For Union, it was their fifth straight win overall, moving their record to 22-3 on the season and 6-3 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman, dropped to 13-9 overall and 7-2 in league play.

During the match, both Union and Freed-Hardeman participated in Dig Pink night for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both teams sported their pink uniforms, while Union also sold t-shirts and accepted donations to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Money raised will be added to similar events in other sports at Union and also the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx pink jersey auction sponsored by Union to make one donation to the American Cancer Society from Union’s Relay for Life team.

In the first set, Freed-Hardeman maintained a lead throughout most of the match before claiming the 25-22 win. However, in the second set, Union stormed out to a 14-6 lead. But it was Freed-Hardeman rallying to take a 21-20 lead. Union answered with four of the last seven points to take the match 25-23. Much like the first set, Freed-Hardeman controlled the third set for most of the way, taking a 2-1 lead with the 25-19 win. Then in set four, much like the second set, Union rolled out to an 18-10 lead before tying the match with a 25-20 win.

The fifth set was close with the two teams playing to a 7-7 tie. Union scored the next point to take the 8-7 lead and never trailed again, winning 15-9.

The match-up between Union and Freed-Hardeman this season showcased the 2008 TranSouth Regular Season Champion (FHU) and the 2008 TranSouth Tournament Champion (Union). Freed-Hardeman won the first meeting this season, 3-2 in Henderson, Tenn. This marked the first win for Union over Freed-Hardeman since the 2007 NAIA Region XI Tournament in Henderson.

Up next for the Union will be a conference match at Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.


Steven Aldridge
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