Golden Suns win 18 straight games

Katie Huff moves into position as Sarita Stegall sets the ball during Friday's Golden Suns volleyball match. Credits: Matthew Emery/The Arka Tech

Last week, the Golden Suns (24- 5, 14-0 GAC) volleyball team added two more wins to their long list of victories for this season.

Hitting .419 as a team while holding its opponent to just .075, Arkansas Tech earned a road sweep of Arkansas- Monticello on Nov. 3 in Great American Conference action.

Tech hit better than .450 in two of the three sets in the 25-14, 25-22, 25-12 victory over the Cotton Blossoms (9- 16, 1-12 GAC) to pick up its 17th- consecutive victory of the season and 25th- straight win in GAC play dating back to last season.

Freshman Hunter Eshnaur led the attack with 13 kills on .440 hitting, while senior Katie Huff also reached double figures with 11 kills on .529 hitting. Sophomore McCall Wilkins turned in seven kills while hitting .500, and senior Kaci Jackson reached the .500 mark as well with six kills to go along with six digs.

“We played really well on both sides of the ball today,” head coach Kristy Bayer said. “I loved our focus heading into the match, and we didn’t let up.”

A sturdy defense and a balanced offensive attack boosted the team to a tough 3-0 sweep of Southern Arkansas on Nov. 5 in Tucker Coliseum, locking up at least a share of the Golden Suns’ second-straight Great American Conference regular season title.

The Golden Suns collared their 18th-consecutive win on the season and stretched their streak against conference opponents to 26-straight matches.

The sweep came nearly two months after the Muleriders (16-13, 7-7 GAC) were the first of just two GAC teams to take the Suns to a fifth set.

With the win, the Golden Suns are down to their final two matches of the regular season, travelling to Harding Tuesday before hosting Ouachita Baptist for Senior Night on Thursday.