By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Inconsistency on the attack proved costly for the Tennessee Tech volleyball team Saturday afternoon, as the Golden Eagles (6-12, 3-3) fell to Lindenwood (6-10, 3-4) in Ohio Valley Conference action, 3-1.
Lindenwood opened the match on fire, answering Tech's first point with nine in a row. The Golden Eagles battled back, cutting the deficit to just two on a number of occasions throughout the set, but the Lions pulled away late for a 25-20 win, hitting .385 overall.
Tech put together an instant response, exploding from the start of set two for a 3-0 lead. That advantage expanded to 5-1, 9-2, and eventually 13-2 at its peak. The purple and gold held strong the rest of the way, securing a 25-15 win to even the match at 1-1 while hitting .333.
The Golden Eagles' player of the game for the second straight day, outside Madolyn Isringhausen led the charge in set two, accumulating six kills while hitting .556 and racking up three total blocks.
The purple and gold looked well on its way to a critical set three victory early, taking a 10-5 lead following a timeout by Lindenwood. The Lions bounced back immediately, however, running off an eye-popping 14 consecutive points to jump out on top 19-10. The home squad rode the momentum the rest of the way, going back in front in the match, 2-1, with a 25-15 victory.
The Lions led the whole way in the fourth and final set, staving off a few comeback bids by the visiting Golden Eagles to finish off the match with a 25-16 win.
Isringhausen tied for the match lead with 14 terminations, hitting .184 with an impressive five total blocks as well. Libero McKenna Young led the Golden Eagles with 14 digs, chipping in four assists. Setter Jordan Karlen accounted for 29 helpers and nine digs with a team-high two service aces.
The Golden Eagles kick off their longest homestand of the season, returning to Cookeville for a Wednesday tilt against Morehead State at 6:00 p.m. CT. Tech will host SIUE later in the weekend with a Friday match at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday affair at noon.
File photo by Jim Dillon