September 17, 2010
Golden Eagles drop first OVC match to Colonels
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech (2-10) took its first
OVC loss of the season in a hard fought match to the Eastern
Kentucky Colonels 3-1. The Colonels won by the scores of 25-23,
26-24, 21-25 and 25-21.
"There were just strings of good points and bad points
by both teams," head coach John Blair said. "Neither
team was consistent enough to take over."
The first set saw the Colonels control most of the contest
early on as they built a 22-18 lead. The Golden Eagles would not go
quietly as they strung together four straight points behind two
kills and two EKU errors to knot up the score at 22. Eastern
Kentucky managed to recover and take the final three points for a
The second set proved more competitive than the first as there
were seven leads changes as both teams found themselves tied late
in the set at 24. EKU was able to get the final two points to
secure a 26-24 win. This was the third time this season the Golden
Eagles have gone into extra points.
"Even going down 0-2, I still thought that if we played
our game we could still win," Blair said.
Tech and Eastern Kentucky remained close through much of the
third set as they found themselves tied up late in the set once
again at 20 all. Tennessee Tech took control and managed to
outscore the Colonels 5-1, behind two kills from senior middle
blocker Marie Peddicord
, to take the third set 25-21.
In the final set both team were tied at 10 early on, but the
Golden Eagles were not able to force a fifth set as EKU managed to
outscore the them 15-11 to take the final set 25-21 and the
Senior outside hitter Leah Meffert
posted another double
double on the season as she tallied a team-high 14 kills and 13
digs. Peddicord chipped in with 13 kills, while freshman defensive
specialist Allison May posted a season-high 23 digs.
The Golden Eagles also compiled 20 total blocks, six of which
came from both Peddicord and sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Gray
Senior setter Melanie Culp
led the team with 39 assists as
"Melanie was very consistent and gave us
opportunities," Blair said. "We have to be sharper and
take advantage of them."
Tennessee Tech continues OVC play Saturday, as it takes on
Morehead State, at 1 p.m.