COASTA MESA, Calif. - 11/22/2008 - The Union University Lady Bulldogs dropped their NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round match to Vanguard (Calif.) University 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-27). Union finished the season 27-8 overall. With the win, Vanguard advances to the national tournament final site with a record of 16-10.
Union played tough through the course of the match. Vanguard edged past Union in the first game to win 25-22. Union then answered with a 25-22 win of their own in game number two. Seeming to have the momentum, Union surged ahead in game three, taking an early lead. But Vanguard regained control and took the game 25-20, taking a 2-1 match lead.
In the fourth game, Union proved they would not bow out easily as the Lady Bulldogs took a 24-21 lead. But it was Vanguard tying the game at 24-24, before taking the game and the match, 27-25.
Union completes a banner season in which the Lady Bulldogs captured the 2008 TranSouth Tournament Title, the third in the program’s 11-year history. This year’s trip to the national tournament was the second (2004) in the history of Union volleyball.
Union head coach Steven Gream posted his best season in his four years at Union with a 27-8 overall. The 27 wins matched his career high, and his four-year win total 98 wins.
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