October 9, 2010
Golden Eagles drop tough loss to Panthers
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech (5-14, 3-5 OVC) wrapped
up its four-game road trip as it fell to the Eastern Illinois
Panthers. EIU won by the scores of 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24 and
"It was a well played match," head coach John Blair said. "We
executed well, but Eastern Illinois just executed better in the
last three sets."
Both teams remained close mid way through the first set as
Tech owned a 14-13 lead. TTU then used a 6-3 run to take a 20-16
lead. The Golden Eagles were able to with stand an EIU surge as
they took the opening set 25-22.
Tech followed the first set with a similar performance in the
second set as the Golden Eagles were able to build a three-point
lead at 15-12 halfway through the set. The Panthers were able to
pull within two at 22-20, but that was as close and they would get
as TTU closed out the set 25-21 to take a two-set lead into the
Both teams found themselves tied at 11 early in the third set.
Eastern Illinois was then able to build a 21-18 lead only to see
the Golden Eagles come back and tie it at 21. The Panthers were
able to avoid the sweep however as they took the third set
The fourth set remained close as neither team led y more than
four points the whole way. EIU managed to take a 24-21 point lead,
only to see Tech string together four points to forced extra
points. The Panthers were able to stop the Golden Eagle rush and
took the fourth set 26-24.
Just like the four previous sets before it, neither team was
able to build a large lead as both teams found themselves tied at
12. Tech had the first opportunity to win the set at 15-14, but the
Panthers were able to go on a 3-0 run two TTU attack errors to take
the final set 17-15 and the match.
posted a game-high 24 kills, while freshman Allison May
recorded a career-high 36 digs. Senior Melanie Culp
assists and 13 digs, while senior Marie Peddicord
Tech begins a three-match home stand Friday, Oct. 15 as it
takes on Jacksonville State.