Golden Suns look to continue historic start

DESTINEY CARROCCIO/THE ARKA TECH 17-0 is the best start in Golden Suns history.

The 19th ranked Arkansas Tech Golden Suns will take on the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils in a Great American Conference matchup this Thursday at 6 p.m. in Tucker Coliseum.

The Golden Suns sit atop the GAC standings at the time of this writing, with a 1-0 overall record, tied for the best start in program history. The Boll Weevils are 10 in the GAC standings, with a record of 5-9.

The Golden Suns jumped up in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll this week, from 24, which was their first top 25 appearance in program history, to 19. The Golden Suns are one of six remaining DII volleyball teams that remain undefeated and have the most wins.

The Golden Suns are coming off a win in straight sets against the Ouachita Baptist Tigers last week, while the Boll Weevils lost 3-1 to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Lions.

Leading the charge for the Golden Suns was Allie Anderson, from Bryant. Anderson recorded a team-high 10 kills.

Hunter Eshnaur, from Russellville, pitched in with nine kills and one ace, which won the second set for the Golden Suns.

Amanda Milnick, from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, added to the cause with 30 assists and nine digs while last week’s Arka Tech Player of the Week, Madison Nagel, from Rowlett, Texas, led the team in digs with 10.

The Golden Suns have sole possession of 1st place in the GAC, undefeated in both conference and non-conference play. The only other team to remain undefeated in conference play are the Oklahoma Baptist Bisons, who currently stand in 2nd place.