Lady Raiders Upset No. 1 Seed Denver

November 18, 2000 · MT Media Relations
The Lady Raider volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 3-2 (11-15, 15-12, 15-11, 13-15, 16-14) win over Denver, the No. 1 seed out of the west division.

Lindsay Pritchard had a match-high 20 kills to help lead Middle Tennessee to the thrilling five-game victory. Pritchard, who led the Lady Raiders in hitting percentage on the season comitted only five errors in 42 attacks.

Erin Hillstrom and Alicia Scott posted double-doubles for the second consecutive match. Hillstrom had 13 kills and 13 digs. Scott was even better knocking down 18 kills with 15 digs. Caia Morstad also added 13 kills and tied Abby Hartup for a match high 24 digs. Hartup's 12 kills gave the Lady Raiders four players with a double-double for the first time this season.

Kelly Quinn led the Lady Raiders with 37 assists while picking up nine digs.

Niether team led by more than two points during the rally-scored fifth game. The game was tied at 12, 13, and 14 before Scott registered her 18th kill and Hartup followed with an ace to end the match.

The Lady Raiders improved to 16-17 on the season ending Denver's (19-13) hopes at the NCAA Tournament. Middle Tennessee will face New Orlean's, who knocked off the east's No. 1 seed, Western Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon for the right to play for their first Sun Belt Conference Championship.

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