Volleyball Suns Opens Season With Wins

Volleyball Golden Suns 2021

The Golden Suns volleyball team has been on the road in Texas playing in both the Dallas Baptist Invitational and the Midwestern State Invitational.

At the Dallas invitational, on Sept. 3 The Golden Suns faced off against Eastern New Mexico and Westminster.

Tech won their match against Eastern New Mexico 3-0. In the first set Tech won 25-20, the second 25-21 and the third set 25-8.

Team leaders in kills were Emily Ragsdale of Las Vegas Nevada, with 6, Addison Masters of Norman, Oklahoma with 5 and Brianna Merkel Franklin Wisconsin with 5.

Game leaders in aces were Megan Solberg of Conway with 4, Merkel with 2 and Trysta Foster of Paw Paw Illinois, with 2. Leaders for blocks were Merkel with 3, Ragsdale with 2 and Kaitlynn Bradley of Springville, Utah with 2. Leaders for assists were Merkel with 15, Madison Grantham of Nixa, Missouri, with 1 and Masters with 1. Leaders for digs were Grantham with 6, Tymber Riley of Bentonville with 6 and Merkel with 5.

Against Westminster, The Golden Suns won 3-0. Tech won the first set 25-20, the second 25-23 and the third 25-15.

The top team leaders against Westminster were Ragsdale with 13 kills, Grantham with 11 digs, Bradley with 3 blocks and Merkel with 24 assists.

On Sept. 4 The Golden Suns played against Wayne State and lost 3-0. The first set was 25-21, the second set 25-10 and the third set 25-15.

The top team leaders were Riley with 9 kills, Grantham with 11 digs, Ragsdale with 3 blocks and Merkel with 15 assists.

The final game of the tournament against Dallas Baptist was canceled due to Covid-19.

The Golden Suns then went on to play in the Midwestern State invitational, in Wichita Falls, Texas on Sept. 10.

In their first match The Golden Suns took their second victory over Eastern New Mexico 3-0. The three set scores were 27-25, 25-22 and 26-24.

The top team leaders were Riley with 11 kills, Grantham with 8 digs, Bradley with 4 blocks and Merkel with 35 assists.

The Golden Suns first match on Sept. 11 against Texas A&M Kingsville was canceled due to Covid-19.

The Golden Suns then went on to play against Colorado Mesa. The Golden Suns won the first set 25-23 but ultimately lost the match 3-1 after playing four sets.

The top team leaders were Abby Simpson of Miramar, Florida with 11 kills, Grantham with 18 digs, Ragsdale with 5 blocks and Merkel with 28 Assists.

The Golden Suns played their final match of the invitational against Midwestern State University. The Golden Suns lost after playing five sets 3-2.

The top team leaders were Riley with 14 kills, Foster with 17 digs, Ragsdale with 11 blocks and Merkel with 21 assists.

The Golden Suns will be in Jackson, Tennessee for the Union Invitational Sept. 17-18 and then back at home to play against Henderson State Sept. 21 at 6 PM.

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