September 16, 2016
Tech grinds out 3-1 victory over Radford
Powers, McKinzie, Owens each turn in double-doubles
Radford (9-3) 202325211
Virginia Tech (5-5) 252516253
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BLACKSBURG –Double-doubles from seniors Amanda McKinzie and Lindsey Owens and junior Mandy Powers propelled the Virginia Tech volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Radford on Virginia Tech Carillion Court on Friday afternoon.

Freshman Carol Raffety was one dig shy of matching her career-best as she finished with 27 digs and sophomore Jaila Tolbert had a team-best 12 kills for the Hokies (5-5). The Tech defense forced the Highlanders (9-3) into to make multiple errors and allowed its crosstown foe to hit only .117 for the match.

After a kill by junior Stacey Christy that score tied at 10-10 in the first set, the Hokies jumped out in front to make it 14-10. Tech would not lose its lead in the first as another kill from Christy clinched the game and gave her team an early 1-0 lead in the match.

The Hokies held set point, 24-22, in the second set but Radford cut the deficit to one off a kill. It wasn’t enough though as sophomore Briana Lanktree set up a dime to McKinzie for the kill, giving Tech a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Radford took the third frame, 25-16, but Tech did not falter and countered with a third set victory. Consecutive kills from Owens and McKinzie forced the Highlanders to call timeout with the Hokies leading 12-6 but the Hokies later extended its lead to eight, 19-8. Radford made a run by cutting its deficit to two, 22-20, but back-to-back kills from Christy made it a 24-20 game and Lanktree clinched match with her seventh kill.

Tech will conclude the Hokie Invitational this evening at 8 p.m. against Ohio. The match will be streamed live on WatchESPN via Hokie Vision LIVE.


-McKinzie posted her third double-double of the season and her first since the Hokies topped Temple, 3-2, on Sept. 2.
-For Owens it was her fourth double-double of the season.
-The win over Radford saw the first double-double from Powers as a Hokie as the Leesburg, Virginia native had a career-high 36 assists and 12 digs.
-After another strong performance with a .300 hitting percentage in the middle, Christy has now hit over .300 in six of Virginia Tech’s 10 matches this season.
-The Hokies are now 4-0 at Cassell Coliseum this season.

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