Volleyball Swept by UT Arlington

Matt Sonnichsen and Kassia Pinto
Matt Sonnichsen and Kassia Pinto

Sept. 3, 2010

Final Stats

ARLINGTON, Texas - Louisiana Tech struggled to find their groove on offense against UT Arlington in a 3-0 (20-25, 19-25, 23-25) sweep on Friday night in the Maverick Classic inside Texas Hall.

"UTA played very well on their home court," said head coach Matt Sonnichsen. "They passed well and played good defense while keeping pressure on us. We had streaks where we did well, but we weren't consistent enough to recover from the heavy play of the home team."

The Techster offensive attack was stagnant on the evening as the team hit a season-low .124 (34-18-129) in the match - the lowest total since hitting .051 in a 3-1 loss to Idaho in 2009.

For Tech, senior outside hitter Kassia Pinto recorded her third double-double of the season, totaling 13 kills and a team-high 18 digs. Bianca Bin added 29 assists on the night.

In the first set, Tech jumped out to a 4-2 behind two UTA attack errors and kills from Jennifer Goodwin and Taylor Fritz. However, after knotting the match at seven points apiece, UTA never looked back as the Mavericks featured an impressive offensive attack en route to a 25-20 win and a .326 hitting efficiency.

Momentum appeared to be changing early on in the second set as Tech raced out to a 7-3 lead but the Techsters were unable to capitalize upon the quick start. Hitting .071 in the frame, Tech featured an impressive serve/receive ratio which was overshadowed by several hitting errors and an inability to close out rallies. Ultimately the errors lead to the demise of the Techsters in the second set, 25-19.

The Lady Techsters were held together with a solid passing attack in the third set, but it was not enough to gain an edge in closing out rallies. Tech would fall 25-23 in third set.

Louisiana Tech (2-3) returns to action Saturday with a pair of games to close out the Maverick Classic beginning with a match against former conference foe UALR at 10 a.m.

Notes: Tech falls to 2-4 all-time against UT Arlington and 1-2 in matches played in Arlington... UT Arlington has won the last three meetings... Kassia Pinto recorded her third double-double of the season and 10th of her Tech career.