Golden Eagles get by Cardinals, 3-2; fall to SIU in afternoon match, 3-0

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Tennessee Tech volleyball team pulled out a 3-2 victory over host Ball State in their first match Saturday, but dropped a 3-0 contest to Southern Illinois in the afternoon, wrapping up weekend play at the Ball State Classic with a 1-2 record.

Tech got up 2-0 on Ball State, but the Lady Cardinals came storming back with wins in the next two sets to force a fifth. Trailing 13-12, the Golden Eagles swept the final three points to win the set 15-13, and claim the match.

Junior Teresa Craig, playing in her home town, served up the match point for the Golden Eagles (2-4).

Against Ball State, Tech got the first set off right with a .214 hitting percentage while collecting 13 kills. The Lady Cardinals were held by the Tech defense to .159 hitting mark.

Set two was even better for the Golden Eagles as sophomore Leah Meffert collected five of her kills with a .444 hitting percentage. Senior Caitlin Bullock chipped in with three kills on a .600 hitting effort. Early in the set the Lady Cardinals were within one point at 3-2, but Tech went on an 11-0 run with kills by Bullock, Meffert and Lindgren.

Sets three and four did not go the way the Golden Eagles had planned as the Lady Cardinals came back and evened the match at 2-2.

Set five was not picture perfect, but a strong defensive push gave Tech the 15-13 set win.

Four players for Tech were in double digit kills as Lindgren recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Senior Kappy Lang, another Muncie native, had 45 assists in the match, averaging nine per set.

Against Southern Illinois, Tech fell in three tough sets in which Lindgren also led the attack with a match-high 12 kills with a .243 hitting. Lang chipped in with four kills on a .571 hitting percentage and 34 assists.

Tech's next action comes in Bowling Green, Ky., with the Western Kentucky Invitational, Friday and Saturday.