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
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.