The 2007 season for the Union University Lady Bulldog volleyball team begins with lofty expectations. However, the challenge is great as the team returns only two players from last years squad. Third year head coach Steven Gream looks to mold this collection of players, possibly the most talented group in his three years of coaching, into a team that will challenge for the TranSouth title and more.
Union has just one senior on the team with the return of Lindsey Wallach. Wallach proved to be a solid back row player, not just for Union, but in the league.
The junior class for Union is rather large. The lone returning junior for Coach Gream is Amanda Hutchison Coyle. Hutchison Coyle is a past All-Conference and All-Region player. She passed the 1,000 career kill mark during her sophomore year. Seven juniors are newcomers to the team. Cassi Hobbs was a red-shirt last season, and will step in this year as one of the best defenders on the team. CJ Neathamer, Emilie Ogas, Tiven Catrett, and Brisa Berlin each come to Union to provide a explosive front row on offense and a solid block on defense. Jennifer Martins will start as the setter for the Lady Bulldogs. With the talented passers on the back row and the powerful arms on the front row, Martins could produce outstanding numbers this season.
Two freshman players complete the roster for the Lady Bulldogs. Olivia Sells adds depth to a very talented back row, while Jill Dake comes in as a young outside hitter that will have an opportunity to learn and contribute this season.
Union’s collection of players for the 2007 season boasts a returning All-Conference and All-Region performer, plus newcomers that include three junior college conference players of the year and one junior college All-American. The Union Lady Bulldogs have been picked the finish third in the TranSouth Preseason Coaches Poll, the same spot as last season’s finish. However, the Union squad hopes to come together and make a run at the conference title and deep run in the NAIA postseason.