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Huskies dominate Pride Friday at SDC Gym

Huskies dominate Pride Friday at SDC Gym Play Video

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team picked up its fourth sweep of the season with a 3-0 dismantling of Purdue Northwest Friday (Oct. 6) at the SDC Gym. The Huskies improved to 6-10 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC.

"It felt good. It was a pretty clean performance, and the first two sets were the best we've played in some time," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "The comeback in the third is a good test, and we scored it in ways where we felt in control."

The Huskies dominated the first two sets 25-14, and 25-18 before getting pushback from the Pride in the third. Tech was down 23-18 in the third before storming back and scoring the final seven points to earn the sweep.

Tech never trailed in the opening set and went on a 7-0 run to take a 16-4 lead. The home team went on a 5-0 run later in the set to take the commanding 25-14 win. Five different Huskies had at least two kills with Lindy Oujiri leading with four. Tech hit .375 in the frame and got four aces.

The Huskies had a 9-2 run early in the second. The Pride was able to climb back into the set and trailed 18-17 before Tech ripped off seven of the final eight points. Lindy Oujiri hammered down seven kills in the second while hitting .600 to help the Huskies to a 2-0 lead at the break.

PNW (9-7, 4-4 GLIAC) got its serve going in the third with four aces. The Pride led 21-14 before the Huskies came alive. Three straight points—with a pair of errors and a kill by Kaycee Meiners—sparked the comeback. Alayna Corwin served the Huskies on the 7-0 run which included an ace and kills by Lindy Oujiri (2) and Tricia Kennedy. Tech also benefitted from three errors by the visitors, including the final attack which sailed out of bounds.

Lindy Oujiri was the only player in double figures with 13 kills while hitting .375. Tricia Kennedy (8 kills), Kaycee Meiners (7 kills), and Meg Raabe (7 kills) also added to the attack. Tess Hayes set the offense with 31 assists, and Amelia Albers dug up 15 balls.

Tech wraps up the five-match home stand on Saturday (Oct. 7), hosting Parkside. The Huskies fell to the Rangers down in Wisconsin earlier in the season.

"We're so lucky here at home and feel fortunate to have the environment we do with the band and crowd. We wanted to make good of it with this homestand," added Jennings. "We know what we did last time to lose to Parkside, and we need to take the momentum from today into tomorrow."

First serve is set for 3 p.m.