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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 9:16 pm | Updated: 9:20 pm, Fri Nov 8, 2019.

Looking to extend upon it's Ohio Valley Conference-leading home record, Morehead State (20-6, 11-2 OVC) defended its nest Friday, defeating Tennessee Tech (10-16, 6-7) in four sets. The Eagles downed the Golden Eagles by scores of 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-23.

Friday evening's victory accomplished a number of milestones for the Morehead State volleyball program. The victory marked the 306th at Morehead State for head coach Jaime Gordon, making him the winningest head coach in Morehead State history. The win also secured the program its 20th of the season, giving the program back-to-back 20 win seasons for the first time since reeling off eight such seasons from 2006 to 2013.

Morehead State's pair of junior outside hitters, Olivia Lohmeier and Lauren Rokey, led the way offensively, combining for 39 of the Eagles' 58 kills on the evening. Lohmeier led the way with a match-best 22 terminations while Rokey chipped in 17 while hitting .302 for the match. Combined, the duo hit .292 for the match, committing just 10 kills on 99 total attempts.

Finishing just shy of double-figure, freshman right-side hitter Abby Hulsman added eight kills on 17 swings, hitting .294 for the match.

Conducting the offense, freshman setter Bridget Bessler passed out a match-high 49 assists while leading Morehead State to a .228 team attack percentage. She averaged 12.25 assists per set in the match, dishing out 10 or more assists per set for the 10th straight match. Bessler also added 12 digs, tallying her seventh double-double of the season.

On the evening, Morehead State scooped up 19.5 balls per set, totaling 78 total digs on the night. Sophomore libero Allison Whitten recorded her seventh career 20-plus dig match and her fourth of the season. Joining Bessler and Whitten in double-figures were redshirt senior and sophomore defensive specialists Danielle McCarson and Olivia Montelisciani with 14 and 12 digs, respectively.

The Eagles were also active defensively at the point of attack, deterring 10 Tennessee Tech shots at the net. Four players collected four or more blocks led by sophomore middle blocker Hannah Keating who collected five on the night. Lohmeier, Rokey, and sophomore middle blocker Mia Swearingen added four blocks apiece.

On the other side of the net, Tennessee Tech battled throughout the match, collecting 75 total digs, including a match-best 34 from freshmen libero Carly Skrabak. The Golden Eagles also had a trio of attacker reach double-figures led by sophomore middle blocker Taylor Dorsey with 17.

Morehead State returns to Johnson Arena for the final time during the 2019 regular season Saturday, hosting Jacksonville State at 2 p.m. ET. The match marks the Eagles' Senior Day as the team honors McCarson and senior middle blocker Karlee Reynolds.