RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU) - Freshman Shannon Helm totaled 22 kills, freshman Morgan Hatwig added 21 kills, and senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 57 assists as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (20-9) defeated the Bacone College Lady Warriors (17-9) 3-0 and the Philander Smith College Panthers (9-23) 3-0 on Wednesday night at Tucker Coliseum.
"I was happy with the way we performed offensively in these two matches," said head coach Kristy Bayer. "We had Hatwig and Helm really step in making it a big offensive night for us."
In match one, Arkansas Tech defeated Bacone College 25-14, 25-21, and 25-21.
Helm and senior Sara Motsinger both had 12 kills, while junior Emily Todd and sophomore Katie Huff each had nine kills. Cerrillos dished out 41 assists and sophomore Morgan McKellar added 24 digs. Huff also added three blocks.
During the nightcap against Philander Smith, the Golden Suns won 3-0. In set one the Golden Suns opened up with the lead and never let it go. The score was 2-2 when McKellar served an 8-0 run to make the score 10-2. The set ended on a 5-0 run from server Sierra Nighswonger, adding the final two points as service aces.
During the second set, the teams went back-and-forth but the Golden Suns managed to take the set 25-14. Arkansas Tech added six service aces to that set. In the final set, the Golden Suns won 25-13.
"I was glad to clinch our 20th win of the year and we are looking forward to building on that as we wrap up the regular season," said Bayer.
Hatwig earned second place in Arkansas Tech history after notching a .833 (16-1-18) hitting percentage against the Panthers. She is preceded by Bridget Pyles who earned a .889 hitting percentage in 2000.
"Morgan really stepped up in the second match of the day and really added some power to our offense," said Bayer. "Shannon had a good offensive night as well."
Helm added ten kills, while Todd and freshman Kaylee Konsella each added seven. McKellar had 12 digs, while Todd had eight. Todd also had three of the ten services aces in match two.
"We have a lot of time to prepare for Harding," said Bayer. "We don't play this weekend so we have three practices to focus on Harding. It's one of our biggest matchups of the year."
The Golden Suns will travel to Searcy, Ark. on Tuesday, November 5 to play conference opponent Harding. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.