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August 30, 2008

Tech sweeps Wright State, 3-0; falls to Cincinnati in morning match

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Tennessee Tech volleyball team wrapped up its action at the Lady Bearcat Invitational by sweeping Wright State and earned a split on the final day after falling to host Cincinnati 3-1. Tech had six different players with at least three kills in the afternoon match. Junior Amanda Lindgren led the offense with 16 kills to go along with three blocks.

The Golden Eagles (1-2) made it look like the scoring was still going to 30 in sets as it took several extra points in set two against Wright State, 33-31. Senior Kappy Lang and junior Teresa Craig will lead Tech next weekend when they travel home to Muncie, Ind. and the Ball State Lady Cardinal Invitational.

Set one against Wright State went back and forth with Tech building up an early 6-3 lead after a Raider error. After Wright State cut the lead back to 9-7 with a kill, the Golden Eagles went on a 5-2 run and concluded with a kill from Craig. Tech never trailed in the first set and capitalized on key errors from the Raiders to take the early set lead in the match.

Set two almost looked like it would be a completely different story. The Golden Eagles once again built a small 7-3 lead after three straight kills by Lindgren. But Wright State would not go away going on an 8-4 run of their own and tying the score up at 11-11, midway through the set. An attack error by sophomore Leah Meffert gave the Raiders a 17-16 lead and the lead between the teams would not get larger than three the rest of the set.

It would be Wright State that had the first set point at 24-23, but a kill by Lindgren tied the score up at 24-24. Tech saved a second set point on the next play and answered back to take the 26-25 set point lead. With the score knotted up 31-31, a kill from Lindgren and another costly error by the Raiders gave Tech the 33-31 set two win and the more important two sets to none lead in the match.

The final set saw the Golden Eagles get down early 3-0, but would go on a 13-6 run with kills from Lindgren and Meffert along with six Raider errors. Lang would add one of her three kills from the setter position to bring her season total to six. The Golden Eagles built the lead up to 19-11 before finishing the game with a Lindgren kill.

Lindgren led Tech with 16 kills, one assist, eight digs and three blocks. Junior Katie Kenline was prominent on the defensive side of the net with 19 digs in the three set sweep.

In the morning match against Cincinnati, Tech took set two, but the Lady Bearcats took sets three and four. Meffert had 15 kills while collecting eight digs and four blocks including two solo blocks.

The all-tournament team will be announced following the final match of the tournament on Sunday after the Marshall and Cincinnati match.