The Arka Tech

Suns clinch postseason berth

MARCOMM Only three teams in DII volleyball reamin undefeated - #3 Palm Beach Atlantic, #5 California Baptist and #12 Arkansas Tech.

Regardless of how the rest of the season shakes out, the #12Arkansas Tech Golden Suns have secured their spot in the 2017 Great American Conference Championships, which will take place on November 16-18.

At the time of writing, the Golden Suns stand only one win away from setting a new program record for most consecutive wins at 26. The Golden Suns are currently tied with the 2000 Golden Suns for consecutive wins at 25. The 2000 Golden Suns finished the season 36-5 and undefeated, 12-0, in conference play. The 2017 Golden Suns are currently 25-0 and are also undefeated in conference play at 11-0.

The Golden Suns are coming off a pair of wins last weekend, both coming on the road against Oklahoma Baptist, winning 3-0, and Southern Nazarene, winning 3-1.

In game one, Lexie Johnston, from Nixa, Missouri, led the offensive charge, tallying 11 kills in the contest to go along with three blocks.

Amanda Milnick, from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, pitched in for the Golden Suns in the win with 27 assists.

Also helping the cause was Greer Rogers, from Fort Smith, who had five kills to go along with four blocks.

In game two on the weekend, the Golden Suns dropped only one set, set two, losing 2520. However, the Golden Suns would storm back and pick up the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-14, to pick up the win and perhaps only momentarily etch their name in the history books next to the 2000 squad.

Hunter Eshnaur, from Russellville, stepped up in game two, her biggest conference game of the season, with 16 total kills and a single ace.

Milnick continued to have her fingerprints over the success of the Golden Suns, recording her ninth double-double of the season, with 42 assists and 12 digs.

Johnston improved on her hot start in game one, registering 13 kills and four blocks in game two.

The Golden Suns will return to Tucker Coliseum on Thursday, October 26, at 6 p.m. as they take on conference foe, Henderson State, who currently sit at 1113 overall and 4-7 in conference play.