Union men and women open NAIA Tournament in Kentucky

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 12:05 AM EST
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Union’s men and women are both going dancing in March, and both are staying in the Commonwealth for their first matchups. The men will take on Mid-South Conference runner-ups in Thomas More on Friday, March 12.

The women will also be in Crestview Hills but against a different opponent. The Bulldogs get a shot at Olivet Nazarene out of Illinois.

The men’s team made the national tournament by winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament. The Bulldogs entered the league tournament as a No. 7 seed but powered their way to their eighth consecutive tournament crown. Union defeated fourth-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan 79-64 in the championship game.

For the women, the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) has three automatic berths to the national tournament. The bids usually are awarded to the regular-season champion, the regular-season runner-up, and the tournament champion. However, since there was no regular-season champion declared this season due to the uneven schedule, one berth was awarded to the tournament champion with the other two being named by a selection committee.

Bryan (Tenn.) earned the first berth by winning the AAC Tournament. The selection committee then awarded the other two bids to Reinhardt (Ga.) and Union. Reinhardt was the No. 3 seed for the tournament and finished as the runner-up. Union was the No. 2 seed in the tournament and advanced to the semifinal round.

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