October 25, 2013

Volleyball Falls Twice at Crossover Tournament

AURORA, Ill. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team fell in a pair of matches at the sixth annual Mizuno GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Volleyball Tournament from the Great Lakes Center on Friday (Oct. 25). Tech lost 3-0 to Drury in the 12:30 p.m. match and St. Joseph's (Ind.) 3-1 in the 5:30 p.m. match. The Huskies are now 8-13 on the season.

"We really never got into any kind of rhythm today," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "In both matches it seemed we were playing against ourselves. It was a disappointing day, especially since we all felt pretty good about the week of practice we had leading up to this tournament."

Set scores against Drury were 18-25, 26-28 and 12-25. Shelby Jones had an all-around good match with nine kills, six service aces and six digs. Kendall Ward added nine kills. Madeline Haben setup the Tech offense with 31 assists while Jacqueline Aird added a team-high 13 digs.

Drury (11-11) had 47 kills on the afternoon while hitting a .363 attack percentage. The Panthers were led by Kaleigh Cole and Maddie Halford with a match-high 10 kills each. Brooke Antenen had 36 assists and Bridget Justis tallied 18 digs.

St. Joseph's (8-15) won with set scores 12-25, 25-19, 20-25 and 18-25 in the evening match. Ward carried the load for the Huskies with a match-high 15 kills. Haben had 37 assists and Aird led the defense with 21 digs in the late match. Jordanna Kero and Sylvie Rokosh added seven kills each.

SJC was led by Erin Hyland with 14 kills and Peyton McKenzie with 11. Ali Krips (18), Alyssa Guarniaccia (12) and Gabby Raspopovich (11) all tallied double-digit digs and Megan Strum set up the Puma offense with 39 assists.

"Sylvie and Kendall carried much of our offense in both matches, and considering they're both so young, I'm proud of the way they executed for much of the day," added Jennings. "I thought we beat ourselves on defense and with unforced errors."

The Huskies wrap up the tournament with a 2 p.m. match against Illinois-Springfield on Saturday (Oct. 26).

The GLIAC/GLVC Crossover is the nation's largest volleyball tournament with 16 teams from both conferences participating. The two-day tournament features 48 matches played on eight courts.