Tech Caps off First Day of Tourney with Upset of #18 Indiana East

October 5, 2012

For Immediate Release

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Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Warrior volleyball team captured its biggest win of the season on Friday night during Indiana Tech’s annual Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament, coming from behind to upset No. 18 Indiana University East 3-2 (23-25, 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 15-12).

The Indiana Tech faithful had the Schaefer Center rocking late into the night as the Warriors rallied back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to take the final two sets and hand the Red Wolves (23-2) just their second loss of the season.

The win was Tech’s second of the day after defeating Ashford University earlier in the afternoon in straight sets (25-21, 25-15, 25-13). Kelsey Cox (Flushing, MI/Grand Rapids), one of the nation’s top hitters, paced the offense with 16 kills while attacking at a .519 clip. Freshman Emily Williams (Lambertville, MI/Bedford) followed with a season-high nine. Kelsey Fitzpatrick (Holland, OH/Notre Dame Academy) handed out 34 assists and Darcie Faylor (Ft. Wayne, IN/Kishwaukee) collected 20 digs.

Up next was the night’s main event. Tech entered the match with Indiana East having dominated the series between the two squads, holding a 6-0 all-time record against the Red Wolves, but they would be put to the test tonight.

The opening game set the tone for the match, going back and forth the whole way with neither team able to gain more than a three point advantage. IU-East led 24-22 before a kill from Stacy Nagy (Temperance, MI/Bedford) cut the lead to one, but the Red Wolves would take the set on the next point.

The second set started close as well with Tech clinging to a 14-12 lead before the Warriors took six of the next seven points to open up a big lead and hold on to tie the match at 1-1.

Despite dropping the third set, the Warriors would not back down. With their backs against the wall, Tech stormed out to a 20-12 lead looking to even the match. However, the 18th ranked Red Wolves wouldn’t go down without a fight, erasing the eight-point deficit to tie the set at 24-24. Back-to-back kills from Nagy and Cox though sent the match into the decisive fifth set.

In the fifth set, the teams continued to trade points battling to an 11-11 tie before Cox took over, hammering down the final four kills for the Warriors and completing the come from behind upset over the Red Wolves.

Cox and Nagy had outstanding nights to lead the Warriors, setting new career-bests in kills with 22 and 21 respectively. Fitzpatrick also set a new career-high with 56 assists.

Not only did Nagy get the job done offensively, but the sophomore middle was a force at the net finishing with four solo blocks. Seniors Kelsea Nova (Toledo, OH/Bowsher) and Kayla Foreman (Decatur, IN/Adams Central) picked up 20 and 19 digs each.

After a slow start to the season, the Warriors have found their groove and are winners of 12 straight to push their record to 15-7 overall. The team jumps right back into action tomorrow morning when they meet St. Ambrose University at 9:30 a.m. followed by Campbellsville University at 2:30 p.m.

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