September 17, 2008

Golden Eagles return home to begin OVC slate with two

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Tech volleyball team completed its early season tournament schedule and now returns home to start the Ohio Valley Conference schedule with a pair of weekend matches. The Golden Eagles begin by playing Austin Peay (8-3) Friday at 7 p.m, followed by defending OVC Tournament champion Tennessee State (1-4) Saturday at 2 p.m.

Admission to all Tech regular season matches in Eblen Center is free. Entrance to the arena is through the south and north doors, since the main (east) lobby is closed due to construction.

Tech fans can always follow the action live on both Live Stats and via OVCsports.TV. Live Stats is free for all Golden Eagle fans while Tech followers can purchase a season pass to watch the matches at OVCsports.TV. Both are available by following the links above.

AGAINST AUSTIN PEAY - The Lady Govs, who failed to make the OVC tournament in 2007, are off to a strong start in 2008. After downing new OVC member SIU-Edwardsville 3-0 in their first match of the season, Austin Peay went on to win its season opening home tournament. The Lady Govs continued their homestand with a single match against A-Sun opponent Lipscomb, and fell 3-1. On the road ever since, the Lady Govs had another 4-0 run from the final two matches at the Kennesaw State Invitational and the first two while at the Tulsa Invitational.

In its first two five-set matches of the season, Austin Peay fell both times, once to Tulsa and once to Sam Houston State. Against SHSU, Jessica Mollman led the Lady Govs with 15 kills while Sarah Alisaleh chipped in with a double-double of 27 assists and 15 digs. Transfer Stephanie Champine leads APSU with 137 kills on the season and is second on the team with 111 digs.

AGAINST TENNESSEE STATE
- After defeating Morehead State in the finals of the 2007 OVC tournament, Tennessee State has gone on to a 1-5 record including the NCAA tournament loss to Hawai'i. The Tigers opened the season with four straight 3-0 losses to Kansas State, Purdue, Duke and Kentucky.

It would be almost a week after the UK match that the Tigers were able to claim a 3-1 win over Alabama A&M in Nashville. Both first two sets against AAMU took extra points with the two teams splitting the sets. Christian Lowe led the Tigers with 16 kills over the Bulldogs while Candace Saleaumua led the defense with 12 digs.