KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Fresh off last night's emotional five-set victory over Saint Francis, Louisiana Tech's volleyball team could not replicate the same magic on Saturday morning as the team dropped its final match of the weekend to Western Michigan, 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-15), at University Arena.
LA Tech (1-2) failed to keep up offensively with Western Michigan (2-0), as the Broncos totaled 43 kills and hit .250 for the match to gain the advantage over the Lady Techsters. On the other side of the net, LA Tech managed just 22 kills to go along with 21 attacking errors for a .009 hitting percentage against WMU.
In the first, Western Michigan and the Lady Techsters were battling early on in a tight set before the Broncos widened the gap by winning 15 of the final 18 points to take a 1-0 lead over LA Tech by a score of 25-12.
The second set very much resembled the first as LA Tech and Western Michigan went back and forth trading points early until the host Broncos won 12 of the last 15 points for a 2-0 advantage in the early morning match. WMU also totaled 20 kills and hit .341 in the second set alone compared to eight successful attacks by Tech.
Twelve kills by Western Michigan in the third combined with seven attacking errors and five service errors by the Lady Techsters helped give the Broncos a straight set victory in LA Tech's final match of the weekend tournament.
LA Tech's Rebecca Redgen led the team once again with four kills and two blocks in the match, while Marta Monne notched four kills as well to go along with eight digs. Junior Dalane Guidry was responsible for five points in the match with three kills and four blocks against the Broncos, as the middle hitter finished the weekend with a team-high 12 total blocks.
Two of LA Tech's freshmen contributed with Emilee Dechant recording three kills and two solo blocks, while Brooke Short led the team with 14 assists in the match. Alejandra Aviles also had 14 digs versus WMU.
Western Michigan was led by Alysia Baznik, who totaled 11 kills, four digs and a block to help lead the host Broncos to victory. Lexie Pawlik had a team-high 36 assists, while Sydney LeMay helped out WMU defensively with seven total blocks in the match.
The Lady Techsters now return home to gear up for next weekend's Big Daddy's Invitational hosted by McNeese State. LA Tech will return to action at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5 as they face off against Jackson State in Lake Charles.
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