Oct. 20, 2013
RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech volleyball team fell in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-22) to Conference USA foe Southern Miss Sunday afternoon at Memorial Gym.
The loss drops the Lady Techsters to 7-15 on the season and gives LA Tech a 1-6 mark in conference action. Southern Miss moves to a 12-10 overall record with a 3-4 record in league play.
Despite out-performing the Golden Eagles statistically in the first set, Louisiana Tech failed to finish strong and dropped the opening game 25-20 to the visitors from Southern Miss. LA Tech outhit Southern Miss .355 to .310 in the set and posted one more kill than the Golden Eagles in the opening game.
The Techsters' committed an equal number of kills and errors in the second set and Southern Miss took advantage and pulled away 25-17 late in the set to lead 2-0 before the break.
While LA Tech had the lead for the better part of the third set, Southern Miss fought to come back from several deficits and eventually overtook the lead with three points to play before capitalizing on its first match point.
For Louisiana Tech, junior outside Xzache Mathis totaled a team-high 14 kills and hit .219 for the match, while also adding a block on the day.
Senior middle blocker Caitlin Germany had a productive day both offensively and at the net for LA Tech with eight kills, a team-leading .294 hitting percentage and four total blocks versus the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.
As a team, Louisiana Tech out-blocked the Golden Eagles with a total of seven blocks to Southern Miss' six. Offensively, the Lady Techsters hit .182 compared to the visitors' .261.
Louisiana Tech will now return to the road briefly to face Conference USA opponent Tulsa at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 before returning home at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 to host FIU.