Techsters Drop Saturday Doubleheader at Southern Miss Invitational

Maria Coelho
Maria Coelho

Aug. 25, 2012

Final Stats

RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech volleyball team (0-3, 0-0 WAC) dropped its final two games in this weekend's Southern Miss Invitational to South Alabama and the host team, Southern Miss, to conclude the tournament.

In the day's first contest, the Lady Techsters stretched South Alabama to a fourth set after edging the Jaguars in the third 25-21 with a .341 team hitting percentage in that set alone. Tech played two competitive first sets against the Jaguars before eventually falling in the fourth 25-16.

In the nightcap, Tech fell in the final game of the Southern Miss Invitational to the Golden Eagles from Mississippi in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-15 to conclude the weekend tournament.

"We came here to gain experience," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "There were a lot of lessons we had to face this weekend. Now, we go back home, continue our training and fix what we can this week."

Sophomore setter Maria Coelho represented the Techsters on the All-Tournament team with 82 assists put up for the invitational over the course of three matches.

Sophomore outside hitter Bridget Benditz led the Techsters in the first matchup of the day, notching 13 kills with a .273 hitting percentage against South Alabama.

Additionally, freshman middle blocker Dalane Guidry continued to impress with a .400 hitting percentage and seven kills in the second match against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

Tech will resume play Aug. 31 on the road in Beaumont, Texas at the Lamar Invitational at 10:30 a.m. against the Lamar Cardinals.

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