Volleyball Falters at Home in Conference Opener
Sept. 27, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Despite forcing UTEP (7-5, 1-0 C-USA) to more than three sets with bright spots in the third, LA Tech (6-10, 0-1 C-USA) fell to the Miners at home in the team's first match as a member of Conference USA Friday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
After taking the first two sets, UTEP's play in the third fell slightly and LA Tech took advantage with a match-high 12 kills in the set to edge the Miners 25-18 and force a fourth set.
The Miners dominated early on with 12 kills in the first two sets to help give UTEP a 2-0 lead in the first league game of the 2013 season. After an early 1-0 lead, UTEP put up a .471 hitting percentage in the second set to extend its lead and continue to have an advantage over the Techsters.
For LA Tech, Rebecca Redgen and Xzache Mathis led with 14 and 12 kills, respectively, while Redgen posted a .283 clip on the night to lead all teammates. Mathis posted her third double-double of the season versus UTEP with 10 digs to add to her match stats.
Sophomore Dalane Guidry led the team with three service aces and a team-high three blocks versus the Miners. LA Tech totaled six service aces to UTEP's one over the course of four sets.
As a team, UTEP outhit the Lady Techsters .310 to .140 and recorded 61 total kills, 24 more than LA Tech. At the net, both teams were evenly matched for the majority of the game with UTEP posted eight total blocks to Tech's seven.
Individually, the Miners were led by a pair of hitters, Xitlali Herrera and Talia Jones, who had 18 kills each for UTEP in the road win. Herrera also led the Miners in blocks with a total of four on the night.
The Lady Techsters return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday to host the Roadrunners of UTSA in conference play at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
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