Suns win two in GAC play

The Golden Suns volleyball team brought in two more victories this past week against East Central and Southeastern Oklahoma to improve to 13-5 overall and 7-0 in Great American Conference play.

On Thursday, Tech held off a tough Savage Storm (4-13, 2-4 GAC) effort despite comeback attempts from the hosts in each of the final three sets of a 3-1 victory at Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

After dropping the first set, the Golden Suns fell behind quickly in the second, going down 11-5 after a 5-0 run by the Storm. Tech responded a few points later with a run of its own and won the last three sets.

Tech hit .214 as a team, with a career-high 20 kills from freshman Hunter Eshnaur and 50 assists from freshman Sarita Stegall.

Friday night completed the Golden Suns’ road trip with a 7 p.m. match in Ada, Oklahoma. They remained perfect in league play with a 3-0 sweep of East Central (3-13, 0-6 GAC). Tech held a .291 to .176 hitting advantage.

Tech’s biggest advantage came from the service line, as it notched 10 service aces to ECU’s three. Senior Kaci Jackson and junior Kaylee Konsella both added two aces in the win.

“I was proud of the way our team performed during this first Oklahoma trip,” head coach Kristy Bayer said. “We were able to take care of business tonight, which was our goal.”

The Golden Suns return to action Friday, October 16, opening a four-match stretch at Tucker Coliseum against Southwestern Oklahoma.