RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team picked up its third straight Ohio Valley Conference win with a 3-1 victory over visiting Tennessee Tech University Friday at McBrayer Arena.
Eastern Kentucky won by scores of 25-21, 25-15, 15-25 and 25-14.
The Colonels took advantage of a service error from the Golden Eagles to spark a 4-0 run and pull ahead 20-16 in the first set. From there, the teams traded points before Eastern solidified the 25-21 win.
Eastern Kentucky sustained its momentum in the second set jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Golden Eagles would claw back to make the score 8-7, but Eastern held off the Golden Eagles to claim the second set 25-15.
Tennessee Tech came out swinging in the third taking a 6-1 lead. Eastern Kentucky battled back to get as close as 10-9, but the Colonels never led in the set as they fell 25-15.
The fourth set saw the Colonels take another early lead, but the Golden Eagles would not go away quietly. Eastern Kentucky used a Celina Sanks kill to kick-start a game ending 9-2 run, before back-to-back kills from Ciera Koons extended the Colonels’ lead to 19-12. Eastern Kentucky took five of the set’s final six points to pick up another pivotal OVC win.
The Colonels (6-18, 5-4 OVC) picked up two key OVC wins on the road over Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State University last weekend.
Sanks paced the Colonel offense with a team-high 13 kills. Ally Peters added 12 kills along with 10 from Rachel Vick marking the second consecutive match three different Colonels recorded 10 or more kills.
Tennessee Tech was led by Cody Dodd’s game-high 15 kills. Kirsten Brugere contributed 13 digs while Sharon Anderson tallied 34 assists for the Golden Eagles.
Eastern Kentucky recorded 47 kills against to Tech’s 39 limiting the Golden Eagles to a .114 hitting percentage.
The Colonels look to extend their streak to four Saturday as they host Jacksonville State. Saturday’s match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at McBrayer Arena.