Oct. 18, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Despite outhitting Denver in the second and third sets, the Louisiana Tech volleyball team fell to the visiting Pioneers in four sets Thursday night in the second annual "Dig Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness match.
Head coach Adriano de Souza and his squad were held to a .111 hitting percentage as Faimie Kingsley and Denver entered the match as one of the best defensive teams in the Western Athletic Conference.
"Tonight we only played two good sets," he said. "We could not find our best offensive combination in the first and fourth sets. When we play a team like Denver who is in sync all the time, you have to compete with a higher intensity and attention to your choices."
For the third straight match, freshman Fenix Calderon hit above .200 for the match, while leading the Techsters in kills with 11, while recording a hitting percentage of .290.
Sophomore Regan Himmelberg also put in an impressive performance for the Lady Techsters with nine kills, and led Tech with a .318 attacking percentage in the match against the Pioneers.
Senior Stephany Salas totaled just under five digs per set, while recording 19 total digs in the match.
Kingsley led the Pioneers with eight blocks, while also adding nine assists and a .412 hitting percentage. Colleen King added 15 kills to pace Denver's offense in the match.
"One of the main goals of our team is to work hard for a consistent performance throughout sets and matches," de Souza said. "The players want it and they are working hard for it. We will play with a much higher engagement Saturday."
The Lady Techsters return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday as they host New Mexico State in the Thomas Assembly Center. The last time these two teams met, Tech pushed one of the WAC's top teams in the Aggies to four sets on the road.