COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan Tech volleyball team outlasted host Ohio Dominican 15-12 in the fifth set to earn a 3-2 GLIAC victory Saturday. The Huskies took sets two, three and five to earn their eighth win of the season and improve to 5-6 in league play.
ODU pulled out a 25-22 win in set one by winning three of the last four points, including a pair of kills by Lauren Kraemer.
Tech responded in the second. Kendall Ward had four kills down the stretch to help the Huskies pull away for a 25-19 victory.
The Black and Gold made it 2-1 Huskies with a 25-16 win in set three. Tech had a pair of four-point runs to get some separation, including three straight serves and an ace by Madeline Haben to close it out.
The Panthers jumped out in set four to a 22-9 lead. Tech used an 8-2 run to pull within 24-17 before the hosts closed it out and sent it to the decisive fifth set.
Tech built a quick 5-1 lead in the frame and got key side-outs to maintain the advantage. Sylvie Rokosh's kill put the match away in the Huskies' favor.
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"We were inconsistent, but that's been our struggle all season," said Tech coach Matt Jennings. "We're learning how to win, and I think we took a big step towards that today. It wasn't pretty, but we got it done and we're happy."
Shelby Jones tied ODU's Kraemer for game-high honors in kills with 21 apiece. Rokosh tallied 12 kills with zero errors for a .522 hitting percentage.
Haben posted a season-high 53 assists in the five-set affair.
Rachel Pohlod had 12 digs and nine kills. Sharp also had a good day with one block solo and eight block assists.
Michigan Tech (8-12 overall) will step out of conference play for the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover this weekend in Aurora, Ill., Friday and Saturday.Tech volleyball edges Ohio Dominican