Golden Eagles fall to No. 15 Michigan to close out Michigan Invitational

Golden Eagles fall to No. 15 Michigan to close out Michigan Invitational

By Jonathan Caudle, TTU Sports Information

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles closed out competition in the Michigan Invitational on Saturday, falling to the No. 15-ranked Wolverines in straight sets.

"It was fun to see some pieces come together against such a talented opponent," said head coach Jeanette Waldo. "We had some exciting moments, and others that we need to build upon."

Dorsey led the Golden Eagles offense hitting a stellar .583 and tying for a match-high eight kills. Sophomore Madeline Furtado followed up with five kills. Defensively, Carly Skrabak held down the back line, garnering a match-high 11 digs over the three-set affair.

The opening frame was back-and-forth battle that contained 15 ties through an 18-18 game. A Michigan attack error and a pair of kill from sophomore Taylor Dorsey gave the Golden Eagles the 21-19 advantage, but the Wolverines responded with seven straight points to close out the set, 25-21.

Tech and Michigan traded 1-2 runs remain even at 3-3 to open the second. Michigan scored four unanswered, but the Golden Eagles quickly responded point for point to keep the deficit to three, 11-8. However, the Wolverines broke away after that as they outscored Tech by 10, 14-4, to take a take the 2-0 lead.

Michigan took the early lead in the third set, 5-2, but numerous Michigan errors, a huge block from Dorsey and freshman Morgan Gish, as well as a kill from junior Ali Verzani knotted up the game at 8. The game remained even at 10 and 12, but the Wolverines would clinch the third on a 13-4 run to seal the match.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action next Friday, September 6 as they make the trip up to Louisville, Kentucky for the Fleur de Lis Tournament to take on Louisville, Arizona State, and Western Kentucky.

Photo by Thomas Corhern