Large Freshmen Class leads Union Volleyball
(JACKSON, TN) The Union University volleyball team has opened Gulf South Conference play with three losses.
Better days do appear to be on the horizon for the Lady Bulldogs and they’re now gaining experience and support.
With her team trailing Trevecca by two sets, Union head volleyball coach Christine Moobery saw something new from her team.
"They're such a nice group of girls, but sometimes you got to fight for it," said Moobery.
"It was good to see them fight," said Moobery.
"I think we're all fighters. After two losses we came back and killed them 25-7," said freshman hitter Mallory Baker.
The rally fell short, but that’s the type of attitude Union will need to display in Gulf South Conference games. Adjusting to NCAA Division II competition has been a challenge.
"Gulf South teams tend to be a little bigger than us, so we're working on playing great defense," said Moobery.
"If you can't beat them with power, we have to beat them with smart shots."
7 of the 12 players on the Union roster are freshmen and many of them are earning significant minutes.
The bigger challenge, however, could belong to the visiting teams this year – if the men’s basketball team continues to show its support.
The team danced on the sideline during timeouts and cheer for the Lady Bulldogs from the stands.
"It was super fun especially toward the end," said Baker.
"It's not distracting. It is more distracting when it is just silence," Baker said.