MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (1-0) opened up their season on a high defeating Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Eagles (0-1) 3-0 at the
Clemente Center in women’s volleyball action this evening. The game scores were 31-29, 30-26 and 30-27.
After taking the first two matches, Tech had to come back on an eleven point straight scoring streak in game three to defeat the eagles 30-27 to shut them
down and not take the Panthers to a fourth game. Leading the way for the Panthers was senior outside hitter Jenny Hart (Clermont, FL) who grabbed the game
high in kills with 12 and digs with 18 for the match. She hit a .308 for the game and led her team with three service aces.
Also hitting in the double figures was fellow senior middle hitter Kelly Currin (Waynesville, OH) pitching in 11 kills with a .318 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Megan Konopnicki (Plano, TX) also helped the cause by adding 10 kills while hitting a .346 for the game.
The only Eagle to hit in the double figures was junior outside hitter Janelle Marinos (Three Rivers, CA) who smacked ten for the opposing team hitting a
.114 for the game. Marinos also led her team defensively with a team high 13 digs. Freshman setter Marissa Gonzales led the way for the game pitching in
the game high 26 assists.
Tech defensively shutdown Embry-Riddle by digging 61 balls as compared to the Eagles 40 balls during the match. Offensively the Panthers also dominated the
court hitting .207 to Embry-Riddle’s disappointing .082 for their opening victory.
The Panthers will be back in action on Tuesday, August 30th hosting Division II opponent Palm Beach Atlantic at the Clemente Center with the first serve at