The Golden Suns ended Harding’s 32-conference match winning streak by defeating the Lady Bisons 3-2, while freshman libero Madison Nagel set a new Arkansas Tech record with 48 digs on Tuesday at Tucker Coliseum.
Tech (8-4, 4-0 Great American Conference) volleyball got past the Lady Bisons (7-3, 2-12 GAC) with the final scores of 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 15-25, 15-13. Pack the Stands Night drew a crowd for the fierce matchup.
The first set Tech was unstoppable until their last few points when Harding began to rally back and forth to make it a close first set. The Golden Suns won the first two sets hoping to defeat Harding in the third.
Harding came back and took the third and fourth sets 25-23 and 25-15 to bring the match to a fifth set. Harding had the momentum going into the fifth set by starting off with a 4-0 lead before the Golden Suns claimed six points in a row. Harding led 6-1 and was stopped by a kill from Katie Huff to hold the score to 10-7. Huff then served and rallied in some crucial points, and the Golden Suns the led 12-11. Harding came back and took two points in a row to lead 13-12.
The Golden Suns then claimed a 13-13 score and scored the last three points to win the game. Todd finished with a kill to clinch the match.
Senior Emily Todd turned in 18 kills, and freshman Sarah Bennett turned in 12 kills. Kaylee Konsella had a 15-kill performance; Kaci Jackson had a 17-dig performance. Sierra Nighswonger had a double-double with 47 assists and 15 digs.
Nagel’s 48-dig performance broke Stacey Burnett-Mallett’s record of 39 set in 1989 against UALR.
The Golden Suns will continue conference play at 4 p.m. on Friday, going head-to-head with Southern Nazarene at Tucker Coliseum.