HENDERSON, Tenn. - 11/16/2007 - The Union University volleyball moved just two wins away from their second ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament by eliminating Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) from the NAIA Region XI Volleyball Tournament in Henderson on Friday night. Union, the six seed in the tournament, improved to 25-10 on the year. The Lions of Freed-Hardeman, seeded #3 in the tournament, ended their championship season at 30-5.
Union and Freed-Hardeman split the season series with each team winning twice. However, both Union wins over Freed-Hardeman came on the Lions home court. Freed-Hardeman topped the Lady Bulldogs once at Union and once in the conference tournament in Batesville, Ark. Last week, Freed-Hardeman captured the TranSouth Regular Season and Tournament championships in the conference.
Union was led by Emilie Ogas with 18 kills. Tiven Catrett added 12 kills and Amanda Hutchison posted 11 kills. Jennifer Martins recorded 41 assists in the match. Union also recorded four blocks in the game with Catret's 1.5 blocks leading the way.
Freed-Hardeman was led by Crissandra Perez with 12 kills, Martha Ray with 33 assists, Karina Souza with 23 digs, and Randal Prince with 1.5 blocks.
Up next for Union will be a semifinal match versus the #2 seeded Campbellsville University (Ky.) on Saturday, November 17 at 12:00 noon. The match will be at Freed-Hardeman University. The championship match will be at 3:00 pm at Freed-Hardeman with the Union/Campbellsville winner playing the Trevecca Nazarene/Georgetown winner for a trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
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