Golden Suns volleyball wins three conference matchups on the road

The Golden Suns volleyball team had a busy schedule the past week with three conference matches. On Friday, Tech took on a competitive Southeastern Oklahoma State Univeristy team. On Saturday, Tech swept the East Central University Lady Tigers. On Tuesday, Tech came out with a five-set match win against the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Key players in the Southeastern Oklahoma (8-8, 2-2 Great American Conference) were Emily Todd and Kaylee Konsella, as each turned in a match-high 22-kill performance. Madison Nagel had 32 digs, and Sierra Nighswonger dished out 63 assists. Tech (15-5, 7-1 GAC) picked up a 3-1 win.

Southeastern Oklahoma split the first two sets with the Golden Suns. Tech took a 25-21 opening set, while Southeastern claimed the second set 26-24. Tech won the final two sets 25-23 and 30-28.

The team hitting percentage was .346, while Todd hit .391 and Konsella hit a .326. Todd also added 17 digs while Nighswonger added 14. Kaci Jackson had a double-double with a 14-kill, 12-dig performance. Katie Huff turned in 11-kills for the win.
On Saturday, the Golden Suns took on East Central (3-15, 0-7 GAC) and swept past them easily 3-0. Todd and McCall Wilkins both turned in eight kills, while Todd hit .438 for the match. Tech posted 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 for the win.

The Golden Suns picked up two road matches for the weekend in conference play. Coach Christy Bayer said, “The girls need to bring their same focus on Tuesday in Monticello. UAM is playing really well right now.”

As soon as the Golden Suns got back to Tech, they quickly started prepping for UAM (8-9, 3-5 GAC).

On Tuesday, the Golden Suns were prepared to take on UAM. The Cotton Blossoms had been playing well, and it was important for the Golden Suns to come in focused and ready for a competitive match.

The Cotton Blossoms record may not show how well they have been performing but they brought the heat. The Suns defeated UAM 3-2 with sets of 25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 15-25, 15-9.

Todd had a 14-kill performance with 22 digs, Huff had a 12-kill performance and Konsella added 10 kills to the five-set victory.

Tech won the opening set 25-19 while the Cotton Blossoms took the second set 25-18. Tech came back and claimed the third set 25-18. UAM was not finished, as it dominated the fourth set 25-15. Tech finished the Cotton Blossoms off in the fifth set 15-9 to claim the win.

Now with a seven-game winning streak, the Golden Suns return to play against Southern Arkansas at Tucker Coliseum at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Golden Suns will travel to Henderson State for a 7 p.m. GAC matchup.