Upcoming weekend brings several events for Union athletics

Hannah Huguley
Hannah Huguley, sophomore family studies major, serves the ball during the volleyball game against Mississippi College, Sept. 13, 2014.
The fall sports teams are well underway with their seasons as several matches are set to occur Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4.

The home events for the Bulldogs include the women’s soccer team playing the University of West Alabama at 5 p.m. followed by the men’s soccer team playing no. 21 UWA at 7:15 p.m. The volleyball team will take on Shorter University at 7 p.m.

Saturday brings one more home event as the volleyball team will play Lee University at 2 p.m.

The cross country team will travel to Kentucky to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic at the University of Louisville  this weekend. They also just recently hosted their single home match of the year that took place on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The men’s and women’s team each placed first in the meet, as sophomore Will Donelson placed first overall in the men’s division, and freshman Janey Berends was the women’s overall winner.

“Our team is beginning our final phase of training,” said head coach Gary Johnson. “This phase involves a higher amount of speed workouts. We hope to get the final improvements out of each runner as we prepare them for the last eight weeks of the season.”

“The final meets leading up to the conference race should prepare us as we make a push for conference championships and trying to qualify for nationals,” Johnson added.

Hannah Huguley, sophomore family studies major, is a setter on the volleyball team.

“This weekend will consist of a very high level of competition,” said Huguley. “In practice we have been focusing on bettering our first contact with the ball so that we are able to run the offense we want. Running a faster offense will be key in order to produce wins against both of these teams.”

Hannah Miller, junior athletic training major, is a midfielder for the women’s soccer team.

“I am looking forward to a high intensity game on Friday. UWA isn’t going to be easy competition but if we play smart, focus on cleaning up our passing and play as a unit we should be just fine,” said Miller.

“We have a lot of talent this year, and we should be able to win some tough conference games in the near future.” Miller added.

Men's Soccer Team Practice
Members of the soccer team, along with Coach Clovis Simas, play warm up games at practice Sept. 3, 2014.
Matt Kesler, junior philosophy major, is a goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team.

“I am looking forward to playing in front of our awesome home crowd after a tough weekend on the road,” said Kesler. “I’m especially excited to play UWA at home as an intense rivalry has formed between us. They are a nationally ranked team, but I fully believe we have the personnel, grit and grind mentality to pull out a victory.”

“Friday will be a high quality, physical match,” Kesler added

Images courtesy of Emily Stookey, Staff Photographer and Meg Rushing, Staff Photographer
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Lydia Wright is a member of the graduating class of 2015 and the Sports Editor for the Cardinal & Cream. A public relations major and marketing minor, Lydia is also a member of the Union University volleyball team and avid sports enthusiast.