The Suns outshine the Reddies

Arkansas Tech remains unbeaten with a win over Henderson Feb. 9

Donovan Lee, Sports Editor / HTV Station Manager

For match number two of the Reddies’ (1-1) season, they had their work cut out for them against an Arkansas Tech (2-0) team riding a two-game winning streak. Not to mention, the match was held in Russellville, the home of the Golden Suns.

The teams were evenly matched to begin the first set, providing an answer for their opponents to tie it at 4-4. Tech took the first extensive run of the match, scoring five straight points that included four kills. The Golden Suns went ahead and never looked back, leading by as many as eight to secure a set one victory, 25-18

Being down 1-0 in the match, Henderson increased their level of play in set two. Midway through the set with the score leaning in ATU’s favor, 10-7, HSU accelerated with a 5-0 run of their own, then turned on the afterburners, leaving Tech behind for a 25-17 set victory to even the match out at one game a piece.

Reluctance proved to be the name of the game. Henderson, still going off of their boost from the previous set, owned the opening of set three, with ATU’s largest deficit being six. A Tech turnaround transpired at the 17-11 point. The Golden Suns flipped the switch and finished the third set on a 14-4 run to avenge their second set defeat, winning 25-21.

With runs being a recurring trend in volleyball, and this match specifically, it was only right for HSU to provide a response to ATU’s set three triumph. The junior outside hitters for the Reddies, Mya Robinson and Violeta Mendoza Quintana, were all over Tech in the fourth set of the match. Robinson was responsible for four kills in the set and Mendoza Quintana for six of her own. Set four was dominated by Henderson, resulting in a 25-19 win, meaning the fifth and final set was for all the marbles.

The fifth set was fast-paced and to the point, mostly because the final set only goes to 15 rather than 25. With that in mind, Arkansas Tech wasted no time getting out early on Henderson State. The Reddies clawed within a single point of the Goldens Suns, but it was to no avail. Arkansas Tech got the match win by a final set score of 15-9.

Henderson gears up for a battle with Arkansas-Monticello on Feb. 16 at the Duke-Wells Center.