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Union Volleyball Wins TranSouth Conference Championship; Wandera Named Tournament MVP

HENDERSON, Tenn. - 11/12/2004 - The Union University volleyball earned the 2004 TranSouth Conference Championship on Saturday as they defeated Freed-Hardeman 3-0 (30-22, 30-28, 30-19) in the title match. Earlier in the day, Union defeated Freed-Hardeman 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-28) in the winners bracket championship to propel the Lady Bulldogs to the championship match. On the season, Union improved to 27-3 as they continued their perfect record against TranSouth by going 10-0 during the regular season, and then sweeping through the tournament unbeaten.

This title for Union is the second TranSouth Tournament championship (1999, 2004) in Union’s seven-year history of the volleyball program.

Union had three players make the TranSouth Conference All-Tournament team. Gladys Wandera, Phylis Anyango, and Tedy Georgieva each received the honor. Also, Wandera was named the tournament’s MVP.

Wandera, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter from Kenya, leads the TranSouth Conference with a .464 hitting percentage and aces with 63. She is second in the conference with 5.9 kills per game. She was named the TranSouth Conference Player of the Week five times, the NAIA Region XI Player of the Week four times, and the NAIA National Player of the Week once. Anyango, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter form Kenya, ranks fourth in the conference in both hitting percentage (.418) and kills per game (4.9). Georgieva, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter from Bulgeria, ranks seventh in the conference with a .292 hitting percentage and ninth with a 3.3 kills per game.

Up next for the 12th ranked Union Lady Bulldogs will be the NAIA Region XI Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19th and 20th in Louisville, Ky.


Tournament Results

Thursday Nov. 11
Game 1: Lyon College defeated Cumberland University  30-20 28-30 30-19 30-15
Game 2: Martin Methodist defeated Trevecca Nazarene 30-12 30-21 30-19
Game 3: Union University defeated Lyon College 30-19 30-18 30-17
Game 4: Freed-Hardeman defeated Martin Methodist  26-30 30-27 30-21 30-27
Game 5: Lyon defeated Trevecca 30-22 30-27 30-25
Game 6: Martin Methodist defeated Cumberland University 30-23 25-30 30-16 30-27

Friday Nov. 12
Game 7: Union defeated Freed-Hardeman 30-20 30-21 30-28
Game 8: Martin Methodist defeated Lyon College 30-27 30-23 30-19
Game 9: FHU defeated Martin Methodist 30-27 30-21 31-29
Game 10: Union defeated Freed-Hardeman 30-22 30-28 30-19

Steven Aldridge
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