Golden Eagles tame Panthers, move one step closer to OVC title

CHARLESTON, Ill. - When the Tennessee Tech volleyball team headed to Charleston, it knew what needed to be done. Get a win. And that is what they did. Junior Amanda Lindgren led the offensive attack for the Golden Eagles with 11 kills and four digs.

The win moves Tech one match closer to the OVC championship with one weekend of play left in the regular season.

The first set almost looked like it was going to be close until late when the Golden Eagles broke up a one point lead 18-17 and went on a 7-2 run to claim the opening frame, 25-19.

"We got a good idea how they were going to run things from when we played them before," said head coach John Blair. "We hit to where we needed to."

With the Panthers already behind one set, the Golden Eagles did not want to let up and let EIU even the match up. However, it would be harder than expected for Tech.

EIU jumped out to a short lead and held on to force the Golden Eagles to call a time out at 16-18 in favor of the Panthers. Well, the strategy must have worked since Tech used timely blocks and a service ace thrown in to go on a 9-2 run and claim the second frame heading into the intermission.

Tech jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the third set and never allowed the Panthers to come back.

Sophomore Leah Meffert used 3 of her 10 kills in the final frame to claim the match with the 25-21 set win.

On the defensive side of the net, the Golden Eagles were led by senior Caitlin Bullock who tallied five blocks, including two solo stops. She also hit for seven kills on the afternoon.

Tech (16-10, 13-3 OVC) will return to the road next weekend for the final two matches of the season against UT Martin and Murray State. Matches are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.