The Lady Bulldog Volleyball team is enjoying early success in only their third season.

Head Coach Brian Dunn, reaching his 100th career win in less than three seasons, has led the Lady Bulldogs to an overall record of 107-23 in the short history of women's volleyball at Union. Since October 21, 1998, Union has won 29 straight home matches. On September 18th of this season, the Lady Lions from Freed Hardeman threatened the streak. Union was down 2 games to 0 before the Lady Bulldogs stormed back with three wins to take the match.

On the season, Union is currently 29-4 overall and 8-1 in the conference. The Lady Bulldogs have clinched their second straight regular season TranSouth Conference Championship. In 1999, Union claimed the TranSouth Tournament Championship and is looking to repeat as champions again in 2000. Union will host the NAIA Region XI Tournament November 16-18. Coach Brian Dunn is very excited about this because of his teamís success in Fred DeLay Gymnasium. This will mark the third trip in their three-year history to participate in the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs finished 3rd in 1998 and 2nd in 1999.

The NCCAA MidEast Region has been owned by the Lady Bulldogs. Union has won the NCCAA MidEast Region Tournament three straight seasons (1998-2000). Coach Dunn, and junior outside hitter, Lauren Hayden won the NCCAA MidEast Region Coach and Player of the Year respectively. Hayden, along with Emily Van Dam, Andrea Darr, and Liz Travis were recently named to the All-Region team.

Unionís Lauran Hayden has left her mark on her team as well as the NAIA. She currently holds the 4th and 5th spots for the most kills in a season in the NAIA record books. Hayden, a junior from Belleville, Illinois, has already surpassed the 2400 career kills mark. She is only 300 away from the NAIA national record for kills in a career. Depending on the number of games the Lady Bulldogs can play in the postseason, Lauren could be at or close to the 2728 kills needed for the record.


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