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By Tanner Stiles
SNU Athletics 

Volleyball: SNU falls in four sets to Arkansas Tech in Bethany


October 25, 2019

BETHANY – A season-high 33 attack errors and a .070 hitting percentage plagued Southern Nazarene on Friday night as they fell 3-1 to Arkansas Tech inside the Sawyer Center.

The Crimson Storm (16-8, 6-4 GAC) had their work cut out for them as the Golden Suns (15-8, 7-3 GAC) entered the match ranked first in team blocks, and they added 10 more inside Sawyer. ATU hit .318 for the match and forced the Storm into 23 attack errors in a two-set stretch. Bailee Turang led the way for the Crimson Storm offensive attack as the senior recorded 13 kills, eight digs, and three service aces. Meagan Ellis had the highest attack percentage at .189 as she finished with four kills, eight digs, and three aces. Southern Nazarene served the ball well, totaling nine aces in the contest.

Kayla Thomas added six kills and a block while Kylie Smith racked up 39 assists, seven digs, and two kills. Bailey Grimes chipped in with four kills, while Sunny Batschelett also added two.

Southern Nazarene came out looking very sharp in the opening set as they jumped out to an early 18-7 lead. Arkansas Tech responded in a big way and went on a 10-2 run to cut the SNU lead to 20-17. The Crimson Storm hung on and took the first frame 25-23, but you could tell Tech was starting to find their rhythm on the offensive side of the net.

The Golden Suns forced the Crimson Storm into 12 attack errors in the second stanza as SNU tallied just 12 kills for an even .000 hitting percentage. Arkansas Tech jumped out to a 12-5 and never looked back as they took the frame 25-16 to even the match. Things only got worse for Southern Nazarene in the third set when Sunny Batschelett went down with an injury. The Storm hit -.056 in the frame as Tech took the lead after a 25-17 set win.

SNU tried to make things interesting in the fourth set as the match was pushed to 16-16. After that, Tech went on a 5-0 run and that was too much for SNU as the Suns took the match in the fourth.

Southern Nazarene will be back in action tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM against Harding inside the Sawyer Center.


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