Oct. 20, 2012
RUSTON, La. - After taking the second set to tie the match at 1-1, the Louisiana Tech volleyball team (3-20, 0-11 WAC) dropped a competitive four-set match to the visiting New Mexico State Aggies Saturday afternoon in the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Techsters dropped the match 25-10, 18-25, 25-16, 25-18 to the visitors, as Tech was outhit .328 to .151 in the match by the hot-hitting Aggies, despite having three players with at least 10 kills for just the second time this season.
"We needed to replicate the same energy and competitiveness in the third and fourth sets that we had in the second," head coach Adriano de Souza. "In the future, we are looking to be more competitive as a group. We need several players to do a lot of things well for us to be able to achieve better results in sets and matches."
New Mexico State (14-7, 8-3 WAC) took the first set 25-10 as the Aggies stormed out to an early lead, but the Lady Techsters upped their play in the second set and forced the visitors into six errors and a .143 hitting percentage.
In that same set, Tech won 25-18 and increased its attacking percentage from zero to .333 with 16 kills and just three errors the entire game. In the third and fourth sets, the Aggies took charge and outscored the Techsters 50-34 to take the match on the road.
Tech will return to action Oct. 25 when they take on San Jose State to begin a two-game road stretch, which includes traveling to Utah State Oct. 27 to face the Aggies.
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