Volleyball team rallies during home invitational

Jr. #6 Ali Verzani serving in the first set in fridays win over Western Illinois at the Hoop during the Golden Eagle Invitational. (Photo by Harrison Taylor)

Tech’s volleyball team ended the Golden Eagle Invitational champion last weekend at the Hooper Eblen Center.

Tech tied with Middle Tennessee State University, Southern Illinois University for the invitational champion title. Western Illinois University also competed.

Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Dorsey crushed her previous career high of 14 kills by 6 during the last game of the invitational against MTSU.

“Numbers really don’t matter to me. I just try to give my all and 110% each game. I try to help my team as best I can,” Dorsey said.

Tech struggled to win at the beginning of the season with a current record of 5-9. They played ranked teams such as No. 15 Michigan and No. 24 Louisville at the beginning of the season and lost.

Tech grabbed their first wins after a seven-game losing streak against University of North Alabama and Manhattan College in the Chattanooga Classic on Sept. 14. Tech won 3-0 in both matches.

“It feels good to know we are at a home tournament and we stuck with our game plan in order to prepare to play these teams. Last week, we did pretty good at the Chattanooga invitational, but this one feels sweeter knowing that we’re going to be ready for conference play next week,” Dorsey said.

Tech took on Jacksonville State University on Wednesday in Alabama to begin conference play.

“This weekend was huge for us to close out non-conference play and head into our conference schedule with momentum,” said Head Coach Jeannette Waldo.

Dorsey said she anticipates building more chemistry with her team and getting more kills and blocks along the way.