Nagel cements her legacy, Suns travel to Arkadelphia

DESTINEY CARROCCIO/THE ARKA TECH For the first time ever, the Golden Suns have broken into the NCAA DII Top 25 rankings, at 24th.

The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns will take on the Ouachita Baptist Tigers in Arkadelphia this weekend. The Golden Suns moved to 14-0 after going 4-0 in the Holiday Inn Spikefest tournament last weekend. This is the Golden Suns best start to the season since 2008 when the Suns went 16-0 to start the season.

The Golden Suns, 14-0 and 1-0 in Great American Conference play, will take on the Tigers, 8-4 and 1-0 in GAC play. The Golden Suns sit at the top of the GAC standings and the Tigers have possession of third.

The Golden Suns defeated their second nationally ranked team this season, beating the fifteenth ranked Central Missouri Lady Mules, 3-2.

Madison Nagel, from Rowlett, Texas, made history for the Golden Suns, passing Brennae Benda (2008-2011) to become the Golden Suns all-time leader in digs. Nagel is four digs away from becoming the first ever Golden Sun to reach 2,000.

The Golden Suns finished the match with a .234 hitting percentage, while setting season highs with 67 kills, 57 assists and 80 digs. Lexie Johnson, from Nixa, Missouri, and Hunter Eshnaur, from Russellville, tied for a match-high of 14 kills. Eshnaur records her second double-double of the season, the thirty first of her career. Amanda Milnick, from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, had 44 assists, 11 kills and 15 digs through the five-set series. Nagel led all players in the match with 22 digs.

In the next day of games, the Golden Suns topped the St. Edwards Lady Hilltoppers and the Christian Brothers Lady Buccaneers both with 3-0 sweeps. Tabitha Spray, from Denton, Texas, led the Golden Suns with 21 kills, followed by Allie Anderson, from Bryant, with 16. The Golden Suns have won 10 of their 14 matches in straight sets. The Golden Suns finished the final match of the tournament with a 3-1 win against the Alabama-Hunstville Lady Chargers. The Golden Suns have hit over .300 as a team in eight of 14 matches this season. The Suns currently lead the GAC with a .302 attack percentage this season.

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