Sept. 13, 2013
HAMMOND, La. - The Louisiana Tech Volleyball (5-5) team fought in the first day of competition and earned a split at the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic on the campus of Southeastern La. in Hammond.
The Lady Techsters let an early lead slip away in the first match of the tournament and fell to Nebraska-Omaha (2-5), 3-2, in the team's fifth five-set match of the season. Tech is now 2-3 in five-setters in 2013.
LA Tech rebounded in the day's second match with a convincing 3-0 victory over Southern (1-8) to end the day at .500.
Nebraska-Omaha 3, LA Tech 2
Despite taking the first two sets and having a 2-0 lead, LA Tech fell to the Mavericks 3-2 (25-15, 27-25, 23-25, 19-25, 12-15) after Nebraska-Omaha mounted an impressive comeback to win the final three sets and get the victory.
Tech won the first two sets played 25-15 and 27-25 before a third and fourth set would send the match to a decisive fifth set in the first match of the tournament for the Lady Techsters.
The Mavericks handed Louisiana Tech its second five-set loss of the week as Stephen F. Austin defeated Tech in a marathon match on the road earlier this week.
Rebecca Redgen continued her streak of impressive performances with 19 kills in the win, which marks the eighth straight game the junior has totaled double-digit kills this season. Sophomore Fenix Calderon also notched 10 kills, the most of her 2013 campaign.
Junior setter Maria Coelho totaled 37 assists, while also recording five service aces over the course of five sets.
Louisiana Tech bounced back in the second match of the day and made quick work of the Southern Lady Jaguars by a score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19) Friday afternoon in Hammond.
The Lady Techsters were led by junior Xzache Mathis, who earned 10 kills, four aces and seven digs versus the Lady Jaguars. Mathis was joined by Redgen and Calderon, who recorded seven and six kills respectively to help lead Tech to victory.
The tournament concludes Saturday with two matches scheduled against Stetson at 1 p.m. and the host Lady Lions of Southeastern at 5 p.m. at University Center in Hammond.
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