Blue Raiders Drop Heartbreaker to Western Kentucky 3-1

November 11, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee volleyball (25-3, 9-2 SBC) fell to Western Kentucky (27-2, 11-0 SBC) 3-1 (19, 30, 30-25, 22-30, 21-30) Friday in front of a school record crowd of 1,011 in Alumni Memorial Gym.

The Blue Raiders were attempting to hand the Lady Toppers their first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season and avenge a 3-0 defeat earlier in the year, but the balls just didn't fall in their favor. Middle Tennessee did achieve one goal that no other conference team has been able to do, they won the second game becoming the first Sun Belt School to take a game from Western Kentucky all season.

Middle Tennessee came out slow in game one and could never really find the rhythm the squad has enjoyed all season. The Blue Raiders hit a negative .026 in game one and recorded nine errors.

Coming back in game two, Middle Tennessee played inspired and committed just two errors for the win. In game three, the Blue Raiders recorded their highest attack percentage, .342, but it still couldn't equate to a win.

The Blue Raiders finished the match with a .187 attack percentage, their second-lowest attack percentage of the season. Middle Tennessee also committed 23 errors.

Junior Andressa Lyra led the squad with 13 kills and also had six digs. Sophomore Lindsay Sisco recorded 10 kills for her fifth double figure kill match of the year.

Middle Tennessee wraps up the season by hosting South Alabama at 1 p.m. Sunday in Alumni Memorial Gym. The Blue Raiders are attempting to reach double digit wins in the Sun Belt for the first time in school history. No matter the outcome on Sunday, Middle Tennessee is assured second seed in the Sun Belt Tournament held November 17-19 in Alumni Memorial Gym.

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