JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/3/2008 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs, playing in front of a large crowd at Union's Fred DeLady Gymnasium, fell in four sets to No. 29 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University. Union finishes the regular season 23-7 overall and second place at 10-4 in the TranSouth. Freed-Hardeman closed their regular season at 31-3 and first place (14-0) in the conference.
Union volleyball holds the previous two perfect TranSouth Conference seasons (2004: 10-0 and 1999: 11-0).
Union started the match with a lot of energy as they looked to hand the Lady Lions their first conference loss. Union jumped to a 21-12 lead in game one. However, Freed-Hardeman rallied back to make the score 22-21. But it was Union who took the first game.
In game two, Union led 20-16 late and was serving for match point at 25-24, but failed to get the need point. Union again served for match pont at 27-26, but the top team in the TranSouth recorded three straight points to take the set.
Game three saw FHU score the first two points, before Union rattled off seven straight to take a 7-2 lead. Union led 20-19, but again, could not hold the lead as the Lady Lions posted six straight points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The momentum was clearly on the side of FHU at this point as the Lady Lions jumped out to a 14-6 lead and then led 24-12, before taking game four 25-13.
Union was led by Emilie Ogas with nine kills. Katie Adams added eight kills, while Heather Liebermand tallied seven kills. Adams recorded 28 assists and also led with four aces. Anna Sims led Union with seven blocks, while Ogas added five blocks.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Fernanda Alves with 18 kills, followed by Sydney Rice with 11 and Crissandra Perez with 10 kills. Martha Ray tallied 44 assists, while Alves led with six blocks.
Union will enter the conference tournament next week as the No. 2 seed. The tournament will be held at Union's Fred-DeLay Gymnasium on Monday and Tuesday, November 10-11. Union will play the No. 7 seed Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College at 11:30 am on Monday.
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