Heading on the road for the first time during Ohio Valley Conference play, Morehead State improved to 3-0 in league play with a four-set defeat of Tennessee Tech. The Eagles (12-3, 3-0 OVC) defeated the Golden Eagles (6-11, 2-2) by scores of 25-17, 21-25, 25-14, 25-23.
Leading Morehead State in kills for the 13th time this season, junior outside hitter Olivia Lohmeier racked up 24 terminations on the afternoon. The total gives Lohmeier her fifth 20-plus kill match of the year as she crafted a .283 hitting percentage in the match. She also added 10 digs during the match to collect her second double-double of the season and third of her career.
Also in double-figures for the Eagles was freshman outside hitter Abby Hulsman who eclipsed 10 kills for the first time in her career, finishing the match with 12.
As a team, Morehead State hit .175, collecting 55 total kills during the match’s four-set duration. The Eagles recorded 52 total assists in the match paced by freshman setter Bridget Bessler who collected 35 kills in three sets and some change. Redshirt junior setter Chandler Clark added seven sets in relief of Bessler during the fourth set.
Defensively, four Eagles dug up 10 or more balls as the team scooped up 80 balls on the afternoon. In addition to Lohmeier, sophomore libero Allison Whitten (17), redshirt sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Hodges (14), and sophomore defensive specialist Olivia Montelisciani (13) recorded double-figure digs.
At the net, Morehead State turned away four Tennessee Tech attacks. Hulsman and sophomore middle blocker Hannah Keating tallied two blocks each while Bessler, Lohmeier, and senior middle blocker Karlee Reynolds added one block apiece.
Morehead State added six service aces as Whitten led the team with a match-high three aces. Bessler, Hodges, and Montelisciani also registered aces for the Eagles.
The Eagles return to the floor tomorrow afternoon, playing the program’s first Sunday match since 1998. Morehead State travels to Jacksonville State to wrap up the second weekend of OVC play. Match time is set for 1 p.m. ET.