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Huskies split weekend with loss to Davenport

Huskies split weekend with loss to Davenport Play Video

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team fell 3-0 to Davenport on Saturday (Sept. 16) at the SDC Gym. The Panthers won 25-21, 26-24, and 25-21.

"It was a pretty disappointing match. We frankly weren't ready to play but credit to Davenport," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Our serve pass game wasn't there tonight after a big win last night.

"I think our youth showed today like it hasn't all season. That's not to blame one group because we win together and lose together. We'll learn from this and get better from this."

The first two sets were seesaw battles to the finish. Tech led 15-13 in the first before the Panthers scored eight straight to take command. They got to setpoint before the Huskies made a push with three straight. Emma Turnquist put down the set one winner for DU. Lindy Oujiri and Tricia Kennedy each had four kills for the Huskies in the opening frame.

Set two had 12 ties and five lead changes. The visitors used a 6-0 run to take an 18-15 lead but the Huskies responded with 7-2 run to tighten up the set. Kaycee Meiners put down a kill for a 23-22 lead but the Panthers scored four of the last five points to take the extra point victory for a 2-0 lead at the break. Lindy Oujiri racked up seven kills in the second and Meiners finished with six.

A 7-0 run early in the third put the visitors up 10-3 but Tech showed life, scoring seven of the next eight. The Panthers slowly built their lead up to six and capitalized on 11 errors by the Huskies to seal the straight-set win.

Lindy Oujiri had a match-high 15 kills while hitting .308 and added three block assists. Kaycee Meiners tallied nine kills and five blocks. Tricia Kennedy (5 kills) and Rachel Zurek (4 kills) also added to the offense, and Tess Hayes set the attack with 36 assists while adding 10 digs. Brooke Dzwik had a match-high 14 digs.

Tech is 3-7 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC. The Huskies hit the road next weekend to Parkside Friday and Purdue Northwest Saturday.