FULLERTON, Calif. — Montana Tech’s volleyball team started the 2019 season on a high note Wednesday, winning a pair of matches at the Hope International Summer Slam tournament.
Tech beat John Brown (Arkansas) in straight sets before sweeping past La Sierra University (California).
Montana Tech has a tougher slate for the final day of the tournament on Thursday. The Orediggers face No. 23 Westmont (California) and Embry-Riddle. Embry-Riddle received votes in the preseason poll.
Montana Tech 3, John Brown 0 (Stats)
The Orediggers were locked in tight battles in both the first and second set with the Golden Eagles but rallied to take the sets, win 25-22, 25-22, 25-15.
In the third set, Montana Tech jumped ahead to a 12-5 advantage and capped off the match victory with a Karina Mickelson kill.
Mickelson led the way for the Diggers registering 10 kills and hitting for a .194 average. Sydney Parks registered eight kills and hit at a .615 mark. Sabrina Hopcroft led both teams with 16 digs.
Montana Tech hit for a .155 mark as a team while John Brown (Ark.) hit just .060 at the net.
Montana Tech 3, La Sierra University 0 (Stats)
The Orediggers won their second match of the day and the season rolling three straight sets 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.
The Orediggers dominated at the net posting a team hitting percentage of .312 to just .025 from La Sierra. Tech hit .375 and .385 in the first two set.
The Orediggers finished with 36 total kills to 20 by the Golden Eagles.
Mickelson led the charge with 11 kills hitting .292 in the match. Gena McMillan finished with 8 kills and a .375 hitting percentage.
Parks hit an efficient .444 with 5 kills from the middle and finished with 4 solo blocks and a block assist. Maureen Jessop dropped 7 kills while hitting .250.