Sept. 29, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech volleyball squad (3-14, 0-5 WAC) fell in straight sets to the Spartans of San Jose State by a score of 17-25, 20-25, 21-25 Saturday night in the Thomas Assembly Center after being out-hit by the visitors .219 to .071.
San Jose State (7-9, 3-3 WAC) held the Lady Techsters to 29 kills and just three total blocks in the conference match to complete the team's two-game home stand.
After jumping out to an early lead in the first set, the Lady Techsters held the Spartans under .200 in attacking percentage in the second and third sets, staying competitive despite the loss.
"Our players are improving in several parts of the game," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "Unfortunately, tonight we made several unforced errors that did not allow us to get into a rhythm in the match."
The Techsters were paced offensively by juniors Clara Vido and Caitlin Germany, as well as sophomore Bridget Benditz. Germany notched six kills and three blocks to help lead the Techsters both offensively and defensively, while Vido and Benditz totaled nine and seven kills respectively.
Sophomore Maria Coelho also hit .444 with four kills and added 20 assists to bring her team-leading total to 468 for the 2012 campaign. Senior Stephany Salas returned to record 15 digs against the Spartans.
"Our players are hard workers and they know that all the effort they bring forth in practice and matches is moving them forward and will help them to achieve their goals," he said.
With the loss, San Jose State now holds a 17-2 record against the Lady Techsters in head-to-head matches.
Tech will return to action at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 as the team will travel to San Antonio, Texas to face off against conference newcomers UTSA.