Kenosha, Wis – The Michigan Tech volleyball team won the final three sets to take a 3-2 win over Parkside on Saturday (Sept. 24). The Rangers won the first two 25-23 and 25-19 before rallied 25-18, 25-17 and 15-6 at DeSimone Arena.
“What an important win for this team,” Tech coach Matt Jennings said. “That’s not just for rankings, but more importantly we want to better understand what it means to fight and not give up in difficult situations.
“This was a great weekend for the Huskies and another step in the right direction. We’re looking to build on this momentum and get better.”
Down 2-0, coach Jennings started McKenna Wesol for the third time and she sparked the rally with six kills to get the Huskies on the board. Tech never trailed in the third and built a six-point lead before closing on a 7-4 run. Carissa Beyer came alive in the back row with seven digs in the frame.
“McKenna had a great performance today, I’m sure she’ll remember it for a long time,” Jennings added. “She came in and delivered in a big way and gave us a big spark.”
The Huskies used the momentum to build a quick 6-1 lead in the fourth and then extended it to nine. The attack was spread across five different Huskies with at least two kills.
Tech went on an 8-0 run to take an 11-2 lead in the fifth—albeit after some time to try and stop the rally at Parkside. Morgan Radtke had a pair of late kills along with McKenna Wesol before Janie Grindland hit the clincher.
“His passing got better as the game went on, backed up by Grace, Carissa, Brooke and Meg,” Jennings said. “Our serving was instrumental in both matches this weekend. Grace, Janie and Lena were exceptional behind the line.”
Both teams could not get more than three points apart as there were nine ties and four lead changes in the first round. The Rangers closed out on a 7-4 run to take the lead. Lindy Ujiri continued her quality play this week with seven kills in the first.
Parkside (7-8, 2-5 GLIAC) trailed in second and led by as many as 11. The Rangers outscored the team, but Tech finished with a 12-6 run and got the rest of the scoring. Match
Four Huskies found double figures offensively, led by Jillian Kuizenga with 14 kills. Mechana Wesol hit .407 with 13 kills and Morgan Radtke hit .440 with 12 kills and five blocks. Lindy Ujiri also added a dozen kills.
Lena Espejo-Ramirez had a career-high 50 assists and 14 digs for her fourth straight double-double of the season. Carissa Beyer had 23 digs and Brooke Dzwick added 11 digs.
Tech has won three of its past four and is 9-5 overall and 3-4 in the GLIAC. of The Huskies continue their five-match road trip next weekend at Lake Superior State (Sept. 30) and Ferris State (Oct. 1).