Oct. 18, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech (7-14, 1-5 C-USA) fell to Middle Tennessee (12-7, 4-2 C-USA) 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-21) as the Blue Raiders overpowered the Lady Techsters offensively Friday night in Memorial Gym in Conference USA action.
Tonight's defeat marks the third consecutive loss for Louisiana Tech, while Middle Tennessee has now won two straight matches in league play.
"Our team had its chances tonight," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "Opportunities were out there in the game, but we did not take them when we had the chance. Middle Tennessee is a very strong team and we need to learn to be more on the attack in matches like this. I am proud of the effort the team showed tonight. We now learn from this match and focus on the upcoming match Sunday against Southern Miss."
With an almost identical hitting percentage in the first set, the Blue Raiders held on late and prevailed 25-23 for an early 1-0 lead in the match.
The high quality of play continued in the second set with LA Tech hitting over .300, but Middle Tennessee posted a .444 attacking percentage to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Blue Raiders continued to play at a high level in the third and outhit Louisiana Tech .300 to .057 to take the set 25-21 and eventually the match in straight sets.
Junior outside hitter Xzache Mathis led the Lady Techsters with 14 kills, while Dalane Guidry, Caitlin Germany and Rebecca Redgen each had six kills apiece in the match. Maria Coelho had 32 assists on the night, while also leading in service aces with four.
As for Middle Tennessee, Chelsea Ross, who had 19 kills with a .484 hitting percentage and nine digs as well. Ross came into tonight's match as the team-leader in kills, kills per set and total points for the Blue Raiders. Tyler Richardson totaled a team high five blocks in the road win for Middle Tennessee.
LA Tech returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Gym as the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss will travel to face the Techsters in conference action.
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