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Tech upended in pair of duals on day one of first OVC weekend

Tech upended in pair of duals on day one of first OVC weekend

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – It was a tough first day of action for the Tennessee Tech beach volleyball team at the first Ohio Valley Conference weekend of the year, as the Golden Eagles fell in a pair of league tilts on Friday at the UTC Sports Complex.

The day opened with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of in-state rival UT Martin. In the No. 3 pairings, Brooke Amann and Aleeya Jones nearly picked up an opening set victory, but the Skyhawks edged the Golden Eagle duo, 22-20 before finishing things off with a 21-16 win in set two.

At the top in the No. 1 slot, UT Martin's Olivia O'Keefe and Jenna Vallee downed Tech's combo of Bella Powell and Madolyn Isringhausen in a pair of close battles. The Golden Eagle tandem fell 21-18 and 21-17 in the first match of the day.

There were a number of close calls for the purple and gold in its 4-1 loss to Lindenwood in the afternoon. McKenna Young and Ava Schubert teamed up in the No. 4 position and picked up the team's lone win of the day, topping the Lions in straight sets of 21-13 and 22-20.

Tech's No. 5 combo of Jazmine Yamailkoski and Katie DiRaimondo dropped a 22-20 heartbreaker to start the match before falling 21-16 in set two.

The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday morning, taking on Eastern Illinois in an 11:00 a.m. CT tilt. The weekend wraps up at 5:00 p.m. with a dual against host and in-state foe Chattanooga.

File photo by Jim Dillon

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