September 3, 2010
Tech sweeps Demons to close first day at Samford Invitational
Tenn. − Freshman outside hitter Natalie
Penrod led the way for the Golden Eagles with 21 kills as Tennessee
Tech split its first two matches of the Samford Invitational
including a 3-0 sweep of Northwestern State Friday.
The Golden Eagles took no prisoners in its second match of the
day as they completed their first sweep of the season over
Northwestern State by the scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-14.
TTU had a fantastic defensive performance against the Demons
as it compiled 16 total blocks, and no blocking errors, which led
to a -.009 hitting percentage for Northwestern State.
“We were much more aggressive against Northwestern
State,” head coach John Blair said. “The communication
was much better as well.”
Penrod set the tone for the Golden Eagles as she tallied
career-highs in kills and digs with 12. Senior outside hitter Leah
Meffert added 10 kills and 12 digs for another double-double on the
season, while senior setter Melanie Culp added a game-high 29
“Every week Natalie is becoming more comfortable in our
system,” Blair said. “She keeps improving from week to
TTU began the day with a 3-1 loss to Syracuse. The Golden
Eagles came out firing on all cylinders as they took the first set
25-20. Caught off guard early, Syracuse rebounded to take the next
three sets by the scores of 25-12, 25-21 and 25-15.
Meffert, Penrod and senior middle blocker Marie Pedicord kept
the Golden Eagle offense balanced as they each chipped in nine
kills, while Culp recorded 26 assists.
Tennessee Tech wraps up the Samford Invitational tomorrow as
it takes on the North Texas Mean Green at noon and the host Samford
Bulldogs at 3 p.m.