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Numerous Individual Awards Follow Union's NCCAA National Championship

Marion, Ind. - 11/3/2003 - On the heels of Union University's first volleyball National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship, the Lady Bulldogs earned several individual honors. Leading the way was junior middle hitter form Kenya Gladys Wandera. She was named the national tournaments Most Valuable Player, an NCCAA First Team All-American, and to the NCCAA All-Tournament team.

Joining Wandera on the NCCAA All-Tournament team and First Team All-American list is fellow Kenyan, Phylis Anyango. Senior Lindsay Stahlberg was named NCCAA Second Team All-American. Senior Crystal Abel and junior Allison Shein were named as NCCAA Academic All-Americans.

Head coach Brian Dunn also had an honor filled week. In the same week that he reached his 200th career volleyball coaching win, Dunn was named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year. Dunn is now 204-53 at Union and is in his sixth season as head coach.

Union, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA, earned the NCCAA National Championship by going 6-0 in tournament play. Among those six wins were victories over No. 20 Olivet Nazarene, No. 30 Cedarville, and, former NAIA power turned NCAA Div. III, Palm Beach Atlantic. The Lady Bulldogs won 18 of their 22 games played in the national tournament, but faced their toughest test as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the championship game to defeat Olivet Nazarene.

This marks the sixth straight NCCAA National Tournament appearance for the Lady Bulldogs. Union's previous best NCCAA finish was runner-up in the 2001 national tournament.


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