Vandals Rob Techsters of Victory
Oct. 12, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (3-18, 0-9 WAC) stayed competitive throughout a tight three-set loss to conference foe Idaho Friday night as the visiting Vandals stole a win by a score of 25-23, 25-16, 25-23 in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Just one night after pushing Seattle to five sets, Tech was a few points away from pushing the match past three sets against the Idaho Vandals (9-10, 7-2 WAC), who now hold a 15-0 all-time record against the Techsters.
For just the second time this season, the Techsters had at least three players with 10 or more kills in a single match. Freshmen Dalane Guidry and Fenix Calderon led the charge with 12 and 11 kills respectively.
"Our players have worked hard in the first half of conference competition and several aspects of our game have improved," head coach Adriano de Souza. "I am sure they will return to practice next week ready for the next steps our team needs to take, the main one being able to become a more aggressive team while cutting down on our unforced errors."
Guidry's 12 kills and .435 hitting percentage marked season highs for the freshman out of Youngsville, La., while junior Clara Vido also totaled 11 kills on the night for the Techsters.
Tech came out of the gates hot, hitting .300 in the first set and going toe to toe with the Vandals, eventually falling 25-23. After dropping the second set 25-16, the Techsters came out ready to play once again in the third set, but failed to hold on late in the match.
The Lady Techsters also recorded 64 digs to Idaho's 48 on the night, with senior Stephany Salas leading the bunch with 22, while sophomores Paige Cooper and Ana Rodrigues totaled 15 and 11 digs respectively.
After having played two matches in as many days, the Lady Techsters will continue their four-game home stretch as they return to action Thursday, Oct. 18 as they will host the visiting Pioneers from Denver. Tech will also welcome Aggies of New Mexico State Oct. 20 in the TAC.
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