This past weekend, the women’s volleyball team travelled to Winter Park, Fla. to play in the 2014 Rollins College Crossover Tournament.
The tournament was a crossover between two Division II conferences: the Gulf South Conference and the Sunshine State Conference.
The Gulf South Conference teams that participated in the tournament included: Union, Christian Brothers University from Memphis, University of West Alabama from Livingston, Alabama, University of North Alabama from Florence, Alabama. and University of West Georgia from Carrollton, Georgia.
The Sunshine State Conference teams that participated included: the host team Rollins College, Barry University from Miami Shores, Florida., Lynn University from Boca Raton, Florida., Florida Institute of Technology from Melbourne, Florida. and Nova Southeastern University from Broward County, Florida.
The SSC as a whole finished the weekend on top with an combined record of 12-4.
Union began the weekend playing Nova Southeastern University on Friday. The matches were close, with scores of 17-25, 17-25 and 22-25 with Nova Southeastern taking the match.
Rollins College was their second opponent on Friday, with one more lost match.
On Saturday, Union faced Florida Tech which resulted in more close games, 24-26, 25-18, 18-25 and 24-26. Florida Tech won the match 3-1.
The final opponent of the tournament was Lynn University. The match had scores of 17-25, 14-25 and 9-25.
Although the team didn’t bring home any wins, the players were still excited about flying instead of driving for their tournament.
“When I found out we weren’t going to make the 14 hour drive I was excited,” said Deja Moorer, sophomore accounting major and outside hitter from Birmingham, Ala.
This is the first time in recent history that a Union University team has had the opportunity to fly to a location for regular season play.
The next women’s volleyball games will be held at home in the Fred Delay Gymnasium against Valdosta State University and the University of West Florida on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I prefer home games because all of our friends and fans get to come watch us,” said Moorer. “I don’t think that will change. If anything, traveling further away will make me appreciate home games more.”