September 14, 2008

Golden Eagles come from behind, down Furman, 3-1; fall to host WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - It looked like sophomore Leah Meffert was back on track as the defending OVC Freshman of the Year, as she helped lead the Golden Eagle volleyball team to a win over the Furman Paladins. With Tech falling in the first set, Meffert tallied 16 kills to lead the come from behind win.

In the final match of the WKU Hilltopper Tournament, the Golden Eagles (3-7, 0-0 OVC) fell in three tight sets to the host team.

Against Furman, Tech had three players with at least 13 kills against only two for the Paladins.

Set one for the Golden Eagles probably was not exactly what the team wanted. Furman used five Golden Eagle errors early to jump out to a 12-6 lead. Tech claimed the next two points off of Paladin errors but the momentum lasted for a short time as Furman turned the tables and went on a 12-2 run to put them only two points from claiming the first set. Two more kills by the Paladins saw the first set slip by Tech.

Set two was a complete turn around for the Golden Eagles as Tech capitalized on five errors and chalked up three service aces as Tech claimed the 25-17 set two win to even the match up at one set a piece.

Closing out the match in four sets, Tech claimed the final two sets off of stellar plays from junior Teresa Craig who had 14 kills, three assists and a service ace. Transfer Alysson Sanders also continued to show her prowess with 13 kills, two assists, two aces and 10 digs.

Tech closed out the tournament against No. 34 Western Kentucky, the host team. The five blocks by the Golden Eagles was not enough as the Lady Hilltoppers claimed second place behind Miami (Ohio).

For her efforts, Craig was named to the All-Tournament team. This is the first all-tournament honor for Craig.

Tech returns home next weekend where they begin OVC play when they host Austin Peay on Sept. 19. The next night, the Golden Eagles host defending OVC champion Tennessee State.