Wise collects 400th career win in 3-1 in conference decision

Published on
October 15, 2015

Wise collects 400th career win in 3-1 in conference decisionUnion College volleyball head coach Jeremy Wise added another milestone to his career as he collected his 400th career win as the Bulldogs defeated host Montreat (N.C.) 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15) in Appalachian Athletic Conference action, Tuesday evening.

The milestone win improves the Bulldogs to 18-7 overall and 11-1 in AAC play. Montreat falls to 3-22 overall and 2-9 in conference action.

"We came out flat tonight and let the environment get them going. Once we played smarter and executed advantages, we caught fire and played our usual style of volleyball," Wise said. "As far as the milestone, I think it shows that I am getting old and have surrounded myself with good players and staff."

Despite dropping only their 10th set in conference play, the Bulldogs regrouped and put on an attacking showcase.

Three bulldogs finished with 12 or more kills as Marissa Elam (SO/Muncie, Ind.) finished with a season-high 15 kills and .583 attacking percentage. Rachel Andrews (SO/Louisville, Ky. ) and Maggie McGraw (FR/Elkhorn, Wis.) collected 12 kills each in the win. Julia Edmonds (JR/Burlington, Ky.) contributed nine kills.

Assisting in on the showcase were the Gray sisters, as Chandler Gray (SR/Alexandria, Ky.) finished with a career-high 30 assists while Carson Gray (FR/Alexandria, Ky.) finished with 19.

Fresh off celebrating a milestone of her own, Ana Calaza (SR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) finished with another double-digit dig performance of 20 digs. Chandler Gray finished with another new career-high, time in digs with 18.

McGraw finished with nine digs, while Edmonds collected seven in the win. Bella Salazar (SO/Arlington, Texas) and Summer Manning (SR/Taylor Mill, Ky.) finished with six digs each. 

As a team, the Bulldogs finished with a season-high 62 kills and their second highest attacking percentage mark of the season of .355.

"We have been on cruise control the last few weeks. Tonight in the second set, I think we woke up and got back to our brand of volleyball," Wise added. "Hopefully we lock in and win out the rest of the regular season and conference tournament."

Union will return to AAC action on Friday, traveling to Columbia (S.C.) for a 6:30 p.m. match.