OLATHE, Kan - 12/6/2004 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs are the new ‘Top Dog’ in the NAIA as they received all 12 first place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking in the first regular season ranking of the 2004-05 season. This is the first No. 1 ranking for Union since 1998 when they won the NAIA National Championship. Union’s men fell two spots to No. 18.
Union’s women began the season in the No. 4 spot of the preseason rankings. The Lady Bulldogs are 13-0 on the season and helped earn this jump to No. 1 by defeated No. 2 Vanguard, No. 12 Oklahoma City, No. 6 Houston Baptist, No. 27 North Georgia, and No. 31 Berry, all during the month of November. Union was the only school in the preseason top seven to stay undefeated during the opening month of the season. The Lady Bulldogs are off for the rest of this semester and will begin play again on Tuesday, January 4 when they travel to play North Georgia.
Lady Bulldog head coach Mark Campbell states, “We have three seasons during a year, a pre-conference season, a conference season, and a post-conference season.” Campbell adds, “We feel really good about what we’ve accomplished to this point, but no one remembers what you do in this part of the season. We are still playing hard and trying to improve for the challenges that are still to come.”
Union’s men started the year at No. 16 in the preseason polls and moved down to No. 18 in this week’s first regular season ranking. The Bulldogs are 9-2 with the only losses coming on the road to No. 12 Georgetown and No. 13 McKendree. Union has defeated No. 13 McKendree at home and still have games against NAIA several top 25 teams including No. 2 Mountain State, No. 4 Oklahoma Christian, No. 6 Trevecca Nazarene, and No. 12 Georgetown.
The men will have games this weekend before taking a break for Christmas. Union will host Oklahoma Christian University on Friday night, Dec. 10 at 8:00 pm. Union will then play Arkansas Baptist University in Henderson, Tennessee at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 11.
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