Sept. 27, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Despite a fierce effort in the third and fourth sets, the Louisiana Tech volleyball team fell to the visiting Utah State Aggies in four sets Thursday night in the Thomas Assembly Center to fall to 0-4 in conference action.
The Lady Techsters (3-13, 0-4 WAC) were outhit .221 to .083 in a match Utah State (9-5, 4-1 WAC) dominated early on.
After dropping the first and second sets, Tech returned from the break with a renewed sense of urgency to take the third set 25-22 and force its eighth four-set match this season.
"I am proud of how the team finished the match tonight," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "They understand that it matters how we finish matches. They started in a way that they couldn't find their game, but after the break, during the third and fourth set they played a better game. They believed in what they were doing and fought until the end."
The team recorded 10.0 total blocks and seven service aces on the night as the Techsters were two points from forcing the second-place Aggies to a fifth and deciding set.
Sophomore Bridget Benditz came in for Tech in the third set and proceeded to notch seven kills and block assist in two sets, while freshman Fenix Calderon recorded 10 kills and 15 digs on the night. Junior Caitlin Germany added to her team-leading 34.0 blocks with five against the Aggies to give her 39.0 in 2012.
"I believe they are going home now hungry again for another chance to play together again," de Souza said. "That is what they have been doing and I trust that they will prepare well for Saturday in the second match of the week."
The team will now turn its focus to the Spartans of San Jose State as they will face off in the fifth WAC match this season at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center. San Jose State comes into the match after a 3-1 loss to UT Arlington on the road and a 2-3 record in conference play.