AURORA, Ill. - The Michigan Tech volleyball team picked up its sixth win of the season with a five set win over St. Joseph's Saturday (Oct. 13) at the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament. The Huskies dropped a 3-0 win to Ill.-Springfield earlier in the day.
The Huskies opened the match with a 5-0 run and never relinquished the lead to win the first set 25-22. Tech would rely on a 7-1 run midway through the second set to take a 17-11 lead before winning set two 25-17.
"The third set we just didn't execute well," said head coach Matt Jennings after the team dropped the third set 25-17.
The fourth set was a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than four points. The Pumas would force a fifth set after winning in extra points 27-25.
"I challenged the team to step-up their energy level and focus in the fifth set," said Jennings. "I was happy to see the team step-up."
The team was nearly flawless in the final set, hitting .529 without a single attack error.
Jennings praised the play of Shelby Jones who finished with a match-high 20 kills and 13 digs.
Sylvie Rokosh tallied 15 kills, and Aubrey Havlichek recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs.
"We switched Sylvie to the right and Aubrey to outside for the match," said Jennings. "It is not easy for two freshman to make the change and succeed as well as both of them did."
The team started the day with a 3-0 loss to Ill.-Springfield. Jones and Rokosh each recorded 10 kills to lead the Huskies.
The team had the pleasure of playing in front of several alumni today who participated in a meet and greet following the St. Joseph match.
The team will play a pair of matches Monday (Oct. 15) against Ind.-Kokomo and Lewis.