Arkansas Tech University opened its 2015 volleyball season by winning two matches and losing two matches at the Hilton Garden Inn Classic in Denton, Texas, on Friday and Saturday.
The Golden Suns (2-2) will host the Arkansas Tech Tournament at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12.
Tech will face Midwestern State University at 11 a.m. Friday, Newman University at 5 p.m. Friday, Missouri Southern State University at 11 a.m. Saturday and Ouachita Baptist University at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be free.
Match One: Arkansas Tech 3, Texas A&M International 1
Hunter Eshnaur notched 15 kills and Madison Nagel registered 26 digs to lead Arkansas Tech to a 25-20, 25-22, 26-28, 25-20 victory over the Texas A&M International University Dustdevils at the Hilton Garden Inn Classic on Friday.
Katie Huff and Kaylee Konsella added nine kills apiece for the Golden Suns. Alyssa Kool made 28 assists, Sarita Stegall dished out 16 assists and Kaci Jackson had 13 digs.
Match Two: Cameron 3, Arkansas Tech 0
A comeback by Cameron University in the first game set the tone as the Aggies topped Arkansas Tech 27-25, 25-22, 25-22 on Friday evening.
The Golden Suns led 25-24 late in the opening game, but three consecutive Cameron points allowed it to take an early upper hand.
The Aggies rode that momentum to a sweep, thanks in part to 11 kills by Jordan Williams.
Arkansas Tech was led by Eshnaur (12 kills), Kool (26 assists), Konsella (four blocks) and Jackson (16 digs).
Match Three: Texas Woman’s 3, Arkansas Tech 0
Texas Woman’s University compiled a .268 team hitting percentage on its way to a 25-20, 25-23, 25- 19 victory over Arkansas Tech on Saturday.
The Pioneers had 40 kills and 10 attack errors on 112 total attempts. Arkansas Tech (41 kills, 27 attack errors, 129 total attempts) finished the match with a .109 team hitting percentage.
Hillary Shaffer made 14 kills for TWU.
Stegall had 23 assists and Nagel collected 23 digs for the Golden Suns.
Match Four: Arkansas Tech 3, Texas A&M-Commerce 0
A balanced offensive attack helped Arkansas Tech post a 26-24, 25-23, 25-20 win over Texas A&M University-Commerce on Saturday.
Eshnaur (10 kills), Huff (nine kills), Konsella (eight kills), McCall Wilkins (eight kills) and Rachel Hampton (seven kills) accounted for 42 of the Golden Suns’ 49 kills in the victory.
Arkansas Tech had a .272 team hitting percentage, while the Lions hit .192.