Women’s volleyball upsets No. 2 Tennessee Tech in three sets

ST. CHARLES, MO. – The Lindenwood women’s volleyball team defeated Tennessee Tech in the first round of the OVC tournament Thursday afternoon with a huge surprise win in three sets.

“We knew we had to serve hard to try and slow down Tech’s offense,” head coach said Will Condon. “They have some great racquets that can really hurt you, so we had to put pressure on them from the service line.”

The Lions were absolutely dominant from the start and quickly shot towards the Golden Eagles in the first set. However, Lindenwood had a 24-15 lead and Tennessee Tech was able to wrap things up in an unexpected eight-point run, forcing the score to 24-23. However, the Lions dropped the dagger and took the first set after a big kill from Nyah Wilson who secured the 25-23 win.

That would be the best the Golden Eagles could achieve all day to defeat the Lions, however, as the second set went to Lindenwood in a quick 25-19 win. As a team, the Lions netted in the second set with a .281 Mackenzi Sifuentes Pioneered by recording four kills on six attempts, individually hitting a very powerful .667. The medium blocker would end the day with a total of 10 kills on 14 attempts and an impressive .643 hit rate overall.

Lindenwood blew past Tennessee Tech in the third set, with Wilson causing an upset with her long serve mid-set. The sophomore outside hitter started by knocking down two consecutive aces, then served five more times before the Golden Eagles could get the ball back. The Lions were leading 17-6 at that point and things went smoothly until the end.

The Lions were absolutely dominating in attack in the third set, hitting .500 in 24 total tries as a team. By the end of the game, the team’s batting average for the day was .330 versus Tennessee Tech’s .129.

Team-leading performances came from Sifuentes and Wilson, who each had 10 kills apiece. Abby VanBuskirk had 31 total assists and also knocked down the most serve aces of the day with four total. Jessy Seidel had the highest number of excavations with a total of 12 and Rebekah Janke led in the blocks column with a total of three.

“On our side, I think we’ve done a great job with our defensive intensity,” said Condon. “We distributed the ball pretty well and our batsmen stayed aggressive. Winning in the postseason is always a challenge. I was impressed by our ability to put aside the moment and have fun and make plays.”

The Lions will take on No. 6 Tennessee State, who defeated No. 3 Morehead State tomorrow in a true underdog battle. For updated times/links for tomorrow’s game, visit 2022 Women’s Volleyball Schedule – Lindenwood University Athletics (lindenwoodlions.com)