2000 Lady Bulldog Volleyball

Season Outlook

With a TranSouth conference Championship and an NAIA Region Final appearance in only their second season of competition, the Lady Bulldogs are very excited and optimistic about the upcoming campaign.

The Lady Dogs return three starters from the 1999 season and have added three recruits to help rebuild a team that was 44-6 on the year and received their first NAIA ranking.

Union will be led by returning NAIA All-American and TranSouth player of the year Lauren Hayden. The 5'10'' Junior outside hitter became the first member of the Lady Bulldog volleyball team to be named an All-American in 1999. Other key returnees for the 2000 season include sophomore outside hitter Andrea Darr, junior middle hitter Emily VanDam, junior outside hitter Misty DePriest, and red-shirt sophomore middle hitter Sarah Davenport.

The 2000 recruiting class includes three players who will be counted on to help replace the loss of three 1999 starters (two of witch were All-Conference and All- Region). Transfers senior Kim Mashburn or sophomore Liz Travis will handle the setting duties. Freshman opposite Cheryl Layman is also expected to see valuable court time during the 2000 season.

This season should prove to be very exciting as the Lady Dogs will be facing tough competition in the TranSouth Conference and outside TranSouth play. Union will face perennial Top 25 teams including Georgetown College and Lee University as they push for Conference and Region Championships along with a berth into the 2000 NAIA National Championships in West Palm Beach, Florida.


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