Sep 6, 2013
RUSTON, La. - The Lady Techster Volleyball team split on the first day of the Louisiana Tech Fairfield Inn Volleyball Invitational in two hard-fought matches against McNeese State and Western Michigan at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
LA Tech (3-3) came out on top in its first match of the tournament against the Cowgirls of McNeese State (4-2) in a five-set battle on the TAC floor. In the night match, the Western Michigan bested the host Techsters in four tough sets to complete day one of the invitational.
"I am very proud of the effort every player on our team brought to both matches today," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "Today, we played nine sets against two very good teams and this is definitely helping in our performance development. Our players are making better choices now in the game than before and we will continue working on this in the next few matches."
First Match: LA Tech 3, McNeese 2
For the first time since 2011, the Lady Techsters went the distance and prevailed in a five-set thriller versus in-state rival McNeese State.
In a back-and-forth match where momentum continued to shift, LA Tech defeated the Cowgirls 3-2 (25-19, 15-25, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14) in the day's second match of the Louisiana Tech Fairfield Inn Volleyball Invitational.
After dominating the first set offensively, McNeese came from behind to take the following two sets and lead 2-1 against the host Techsters. A 25-19 fourth set win by Tech tied the contest at two-all and sent the match to a fifth and decisive set.
In the fifth, the Cowgirls and Tech continued to trade points until a 14-14 tie with two points needed to come away with the victory. Fenix Calderon put away a kill to give the Lady Techsters match point at 15-14, followed by a service ace by Calderon to complete the victory.
Second Match: Western Michigan 3, LA Tech 1
In the nightcap, Western Michigan (4-1) defeated the Lady Techsters 3-1 (25-7, 24-26, 25-10, 25-20) in a four-setter for the Bronco's second win of the day.
The Broncos stormed out to a 1-0 lead after taking the first set 25-7 behind a .545 hitting percentage early on. Despite only totaling six kills in the first game, LA Tech battled back to win the second set 26-24.
The Bronco's answered back in the third and fourth sets with scores of 25-10 and 25-20 to close out the match and final contest of the day.
Redgen led all scorers with 15 kills and a .282 clip, while Mathis put away 12 attacks in four sets played. Coelho assisted on 27 kills in the match, while Alejandra Aviles had 18 digs on the night. Caitlin Germany led the team with four total blocks.
The tournament continues at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning with a match featuring McNeese vs. Western Michigan. LA Tech will take on New Orleans at 12 p.m. to conclude a weekend full of matches in the Thomas Assembly Center. Admission to both matches is free.
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