Blue Raiders Win Final Home Match of the Season
Four seniors recognizedOctober 22, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee volleyball played its final home match of the season and went out in style, shutting out Sun Belt West foe New Orleans 3-0 (30-24, 30-26, 30-24) Sunday in Alumni Memorial Gym.
The shutout over New Orleans is the eighth time this season the Blue Raiders have denied a Sun Belt opponent the chance to win a game in a match and the 16th time in 25 total matches. Middle Tennessee improves to 19-6 overall and moves to 10-2 in the Sun Belt. New Orleans falls to 17-8 and 6-5 in the Sun Belt.
After controlling the first two games in the match, Middle Tennessee struggled early in game three. The Blue Raiders were down 12-6 and it forced Head Coach Matt Peck to take a quick pair of timeouts to have a chat with his team.
"I took them out in the hallway and the players were sure I was going to yell at them but I didn't," Peck said. "I just told them to settle down and focus and go back out there and chip at the lead."
That was exactly what the club did as Middle Tennessee went on a 13-7 run to tie the game at 19. The game would be tied a second time, at 21, before the Blue Raiders would pull ahead for good. The final push for the win in game three, for Middle Tennessee, would be fueled by Ashley Adams who was back to serve for the Blue Raiders as she had two service aces and served through a seven-point swing for the club.
The ever-consistent Adams was her usual self in the match, leading the team with 11 kills on 19 attacks and didn't commit an error for a .589 attack percentage. She also had four service aces.
Junior Quanshell Scott had nine kills in the match and just two errors for a .500 attack percentage. Scott also had five block assists.
"Ashley and Quan are consistent players and scorers for us," Peck said. "It is nice to know you can count on them in a match."
Middle Tennessee closes out the regular season on the road. The Blue Raiders will go back through the Sun Belt East after completing its run through the Sun Belt West. Middle Tennessee went 6-1 against teams from the west.
The Blue Raiders return to action on Friday when the club travels to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Florida Atlantic. Match time is set for 6 p.m.
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