By JOEY CHAPMAN
After dropping three matches in a row, the Colonels made a statement by grabbing two wins on the road last weekend.
Taking on Jacksonville State (11-15, 2-6 OVC) on Friday, Eastern (5-18, 3-4 OVC) took control early after grabbing an impressive 25-15 win in the first set. The Gamecocks tied the second set late at 20 points apiece, but senior middle blocker Rachel Vick broke the tie with a kill and propelled the Colonels to a 25-22 victory.
Eastern went on to win the third set 25-14, giving the Colonels its third 3-0 win of the season. The Colonels had a season-best .303 hitting percentage, led by Vick and Johanna Boyer with 10 kills each.
The match went down as Eastern’s first road victory this season.
The Colonels then headed north to Cookeville, Tennessee to battle inter-conference foe Tennessee Tech (5-16, 3-5 OVC).
Tied at eight points, Eastern scored six unanswered and pulled away from the Golden Eagles with a 14-8 lead. The Colonels went on to take the set 25-18, though Tech battled back with a 25-16 win in the second set.
Coming out of the intermission, neither team could grab a solid advantage in the third set. The Colonels led 20-17 late, though TTU tried to mount a comeback and tied the set at 20 apiece. Eastern wasn’t fazed and eventually took the set 25-21, carrying the momentum with them into the deciding fourth set. The Colonels controlled the set and cruised to a 25-17 victory, ultimately winning the match 3-1.
Vick once again led the way for Eastern with 14 kills and three aces, with Boyer and Celina Sanks contributing 12 and 10 kills respectively.
The Colonels make its way back to Alumni Coliseum this weekend with two big OVC games on the line. Eastern will once again face Tennessee Tech on Friday and Jacksonville State on Saturday with both games beginning at 7 p.m.