Jackson, Tenn. - 10/28/2003 - The Union University Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs both find themselves in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason polls released on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs are No. 3 and the Bulldogs come in at No. 18.
For the fourth straight season, the Union Lady Bulldogs are the NAIA Women's Preseason No. 3 team. This season once again finds them behind No. 1 Oklahoma City and No. 2 Southern Nazarene. This sets up a showdown on Saturday, December 6 as the Lady Bulldogs will host, defending NAIA National Champions, Southern Nazarene in the Rotary Classic. In addition to No. 2 Southern Nazarene, Union has a non-conference schedule that consists of games against No. 6 North Georgia, No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist, and No. 17 Campbellsville. No. 10 Freed-Hardeman and No. 18 Trevecca Nazarene join Union as the three TranSouth women's teams in the Top 25.
As for the men, Union starts their climb back into the nation's elite as the NAIA Men's Preseason No. 18 team. Head coach Ralph Turner says, "It's not a bad spot considering last season." The Bulldogs finished the 2003 season with a 17-15 record and missed the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in six years. On the non-conference schedule for Union this year are two games with No. 6 Georgetown and two games with No. 10 McKendree. Defending TranSouth champion, No. 8 Lee University, join Union as the only TranSouth teams in the Top 25. Cumerland University recieved votes at No. 36.
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