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Union’s run at back-to-back tournament tiles falls short in championship match

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 11/11/2009 - The Union University volleyball team entered the 2009 TranSouth Conference Tournament as the defending tournament champions. And for the second straight season, Union advanced to the title match, but this time fell short of their goal, losing 3-1 (19-25, 25-13, 25-5, 25-23) to Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University.

Union and Freed-Hardeman had split their two regular season meetings this year. However, Union’s season came to an end with a 30-10 record.

Union finished the regular season in a tie for third with Bethel (Tenn.), but was the No. 4 seed in the tournament due to tie-breaker rules. Union lost the opening match to No. 5 seeded Cumberland (Tenn.) 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-19).

Having to reach the finals from the loser’s bracket following a first round loss would be tough, but something Union was able to pull off with four straight wins.

Union started with the first of their four straight victories by eliminating Mid-Continent (Ky.) 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-13). On day two, Union eliminated two more teams as they defeated Bethel (Tenn.) 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14) and Cumberland 3-1 (25-14, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16).

Union had advanced all the way to the semifinals and faced yet another elimination match. On championship day of the tournament, Union defeated the host team Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) 3-1 (25-16, 10-25, 25-17, 28-26, 15-11) to get to the finals.

Despite playing in their sixth match in a little over two days, Union started strong with a 25-19 win in the first set against the winner’s bracket champion, Freed-Hardeman. However, the regular season champion Lady Lions won three straight sets to take the title.


Steven Aldridge
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