Aug 31, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - Louisiana Tech put up a tough fight in its final two matches of the UTA Hilton Invitational, but eventually fell to Abilene Christian in five sets and UT Arlington in four Saturday at College Park Center in Arlington.
In the first match of the day, LA Tech came from behind twice to force a fifth set before falling to the Lady Wildcats.
With an early lead in the day's second contest versus the host Mavericks, UT Arlington made a comeback to defeat the Lady Techsters in four sets.
"We have a group of players who are new to each other," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "We wanted to compete this weekend and gain experience playing around each other. We are returning home a better team and with many details to correct in our game. I am very proud of the way the team played tonight."
Junior Rebecca Redgen represented LA Tech on the All-Tournament team after totaling 34 kills over the course of three matches this weekend.
Abilene Christian 3, LA Tech 2
After totaling just six points in the first set against the Abilene Christian Lady Wildcats, Louisiana Tech stormed back to win the second and fourth sets before falling 3-2 (6-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15, 12-15) in the fifth and decisive set.
The Lady Techsters put together their best set of the match in the fourth to force a final set. In the fourth set, LA Tech hit .393 as a team with 15 kills and just four errors.
UT Arlington 3, LA Tech 1
Despite winning the first set over UT Arlington, Louisiana Tech dropped its third and final match of the UTA Hilton Invitational 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 14-25, 15-25) to the Mavericks at College Park Center in Arlington.
Redgen led the Lady Techsters with 14 kills in the night match, while Guidry recorded nine kills in the loss. Coelho totaled 36 assists against the Mavericks Saturday night.
Louisiana Tech returns to its home court in the Thomas Assembly Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the team's first home match of the season.
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