Sep 3, 2013
RUSTON, La. - In its 2013 home opener, Louisiana Tech defeated UAPB 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-8) in the team's second straight-sets victory of the season Tuesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
LA Tech (2-2, 0-0 C-USA) put together a combined .269 attacking percentage over the course of the match with especially impressive showings in the second and third sets when the team hit .450 and .381 respectively on its way to a win over the Lady Lions of UAPB (0-5, 0-0 SWAC).
"It is nice to play at home," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "I think the team started the match a little apprehensive, but as the match developed, they also developed their touch on the ball, trust in each other and we finished each set better than the last one."
Despite a tense battle the Lady Lions put up in the first set, the Lady Techsters bounced back to win the opening game by a four-point margin.
Tied at 16-16 in the first set, the Lady Techsters went on a seven-point stretch with the help of junior libero Jessie Ely behind the service line to take the set by a score of 25-21. Ely led LA Tech with six aces over the course of the match to help lead the team to victory.
"Jessie did really well," de Souza said of Ely's performance. "She really got on a run with her serve. Her serve is one of her best skills and she got six aces tonight. Alejandra Aviles, the other libero, got five aces, and that is their job. Their job is to serve well and keep the ball in play. They have to serve well and play a lot of defense and they did that tonight."
Redgen led all scorers with 10 kills off 20 attempts with a .400 attacking percentage for the match. Tonight marks the third straight match Redgen, a junior college transfer from Florida State-Jacksonville, has totaled double-digits in kills for the Lady Techsters.
Junior setter Maria Coelho also put together a productive night with seven kills on eight attempts and an .875 hitting percentage. Coelho was one of two Techsters who had zero attacking errors on the night, while the junior also had 21 assists, six digs and three block assists in the win over UAPB.
Following tonight's match, the Lady Techsters remain home to host three teams in the 2013 Louisiana Tech Invitational beginning at 10 a.m. Friday in the Thomas Assembly Center. LA Tech will begin its first match at noon Friday versus McNeese.
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