Golden Eagles fall at Southeast Missouri in three sets in final match of 2016 season

Golden Eagles fall at Southeast Missouri in three sets in final match of 2016 season

By Holly Weber, TTU Sports Information

COOKEVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Tech volleyball team (7-22, 3-13 OVC) fell to Southeast Missouri (7-23, 6-10 OVC) in three sets in their final match of the 2016 season. The Redhawks defeated the Golden Eagles in three sets with scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-16.

Southeast Missouri started off set one with a three-point lead at 10-7. Tech then called for a timeout, and out of the break the Redhawks extended their lead to 13-8 taking advantage of a Golden Eagle service error. SEMO pulled ahead by seven at 20-13 with a Jade Mortimer service ace and then closed out a first set victory over Tech at 25-15.

The Redhawks took the early lead again in set two, opening with an 11-7 advantage with a kill by Nzingha Clarke. SEMO then extended their lead out to 17-9 with a kill by Krista Berns, which pushed Tech to call for a timeout. Out of the break, three kills in a row from freshman Emily Brooks followed by a Rachel Thomas kill cut the Redhawk lead down to three at 17-14, which caused SEMO to now call for a timeout. Once play resumed, SEMO regrouped and extended their lead out to 21-15 with two back-to-back kills by Marie Less. The Redhawks then sealed a second set victory at 25-16.

A score of 10-7 started off set three in the slight favor of Southeast Missouri. The Redhawks kept the pressure on to extended their lead by six at 16-10 with a block by Katarina Rotta and Clarke. Here, the Golden Eagles called for a timeout. After play resumed, SEMO continued to add buffer to their lead and pulled ahead to 18-11 with a kill by Rotta. The Redhawks then took a third set and match victory at 25-16.

Emily Brooks led the Golden Eagles with a career-high 10 kills. Fellow freshman Rachel Thomas posted nine kills and six digs for the Golden Eagles while hitting .250. Clarke led Southeast Missouri with 11 kills and a .611 hitting percentage and three blocks.