Techsters win one, lose one

September 23, 2009

by Angela Groce

After coming off a loss against Southeastern Louisiana in the opening game of the Lady Techster Invitational, the volleyball team split a doubleheader against Grambling State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech, who is 9-6 on the season, overcame Grambling State 3-1 in the first game of the day.

Although the teams split the first two sets of the match, the Lady Techsters were able to find the strength needed to win the last two sets and claim the match.

The Techsters went on a tear to open the fourth set, going on an 8-1 run to start things off. Attack errors plagued Grambling with four service aces componding the problem in a 25-13 rout in the final set.
The set scores were 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, and 25-13.

Sophomore Natasha Kolunija led the Techsters in the match with 14 kills, while Lori Hunsucker had a total of 10 digs.
Junior setter Bianca Bin had a remarkable night registering a .667 hitting percentage with four kills, 38 assists, two service aces and seven digs.

After winning the opener, the Techsters lost the final match of the tournament to Chattanooga in five sets.

The Techsters moved through the first set in control and went on to win it 25-19. However, the second set did not go as well.
While the score was tied at six, Chattanooga went on a small three-point run and took a 9-6 lead, a lead it held for the remainder of the set.

The third set was a constant battle between the teams at which the set was tied seven times and only had one lead change.
The lead change came after back-to-back kills by the Lady Mocs, which gave Chattanooga a 24-22 lead and ended 25-23.

The Lady Techsters fought until the end during the fourth and fifth sets.

In the last set of the match, the Techsters felt a reversal of forune from the early match as three straight attack errors by Tech gave the Lady Mocs a 15-13 victory and the host team its sixth loss on the season.
The team had the chance to take the lead in the fifth, but Chattanooga scored four straight shots winning the set and match.

During the match against the Lady Mocs, senior middle blocker KC Clayton was able to manage a record 19 kills and a .405 hitting percentage for the Lady Techsters.
Bin finished the match with a match high 46 assists.