November 1, 2008

Golden Eagles skip by Colonels to remain atop OVC

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - After building up to their 20th straight set win, the Tennessee Tech volleyball team slipped up a little and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels rebounded to knot the match up at 2-2. A strong performance by sophomore Leah Meffert proved to be too much as Tech took set five 15-7 and the match 3-2.

After the match concluded, the team's five senior members were honored and were joined by their families on the court.

"We found somethings that we need work on," said head coach John Blair. "Our balance is good but just need to fix some kinks."

The match improved the Golden Eagles to 12-2 in the OVC and holding on to a one match lead over Morehead State pending the outcome of the Eagles visiting Jacksonville State.

The first set was a battle back and forth including seven scoring ties and five lead changes. It was at 19-19 that Tech found the element needed to close out the set and went on a 6-2 run including two kills from senior Alysson Sanders.

With a set behind them, the Golden Eagles relaxed a little and played more consistently, hitting .310 for the set. Once again the set was close for the first few points. With the match tied at 6-6, Tech used a 5-0 run with senior Caitlin Bullock leading the charge with three kills and a block in the run.

The Golden Eagles would continue to claim points and finish up the set on a 14-10 run including their largest lead at the end of the set claiming the 25-17 set three win.

With their 20-set winning streak on the line, Tech looked to close the match out in three sets, but it would not happen as the Colonels hit .280 in set three along with 14 kills to claim a 26-24 set victory. Colonel Bridget Mustard served the final three points for EKU including a service ace to clinch the set.

Set four also did not go as the Golden Eagles planned with give scoring ties and two lead changed, the Colonels carried their momentum from the third set into the fourth and leveled the match at two sets apiece.

A thriller at the end of the set when Tech was down 22-24 and came back with a kill from both Bullock and Meffert tied it up at 24-24, but for the second straight set, EKU ended the frame with a service ace.

As it had been all afternoon, the final set was a heart-stopper.

With the Golden Eagles down 2-3, the floor came alive for Tech. Using a 13-4 run the Golden Eagles capped off a strong weekend, claiming a 15-7 set five win.

Meffert led the attack for Tech recording a double-double with 26 kills and 12 digs. Bullock and sophomore Marie Peddicord also tallied double digit kills with 12 and 10, respectively.

Reigning OVC Setter and Defensive Players of the Week, senior Kappy Lang and junior Katie Kenline played a pivitol role in the win. Lang recorded another double-double on the season with 56 assists while playing the ball up with 10 digs. Kenline almost doubled her digs from last night with 29 in the win.

The Colonels also saw some strong performances from its players with Lindsey Loescher breaking into the match with 20 kills and seven digs. Kate Hendle dished out 39 assists on EKU's 46 kills. A spread defensive effort for the Colonels saw Hendle record a double-double with 12 digs in addition to her assists.

OVC leading Tech (15-9, 12-2 OVC) returns to the road the next two weekends to conclude the OVC regular season. Oct. 7 the team travels to Southeast Missouri before traveling a little north to Eastern Illinois on Oct. 8. Match times are at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the respective days.