Oct. 27, 2013
RUSTON, La. - Despite competing throughout the match and keeping the score close, the Panthers of FIU pulled away to defeat Louisiana Tech, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-20), in conference play Sunday afternoon in Memorial Gym.
Today's loss marks the sixth straight for the Lady Techsters as LA Tech fell to 7-17 overall and 1-8 in Conference USA. FIU improved to 10-13 and 4-6 in league action.
After leading with a two set lead, FIU fell behind in the third set and Louisiana Tech took advantage. Despite leading for the majority of the set, the Panthers made a late-set comeback and completed the straight sets victory on the road.
Louisiana Tech was led offensively by Xzache Mathis, who recorded double digits in kills with 11 and also posted a team-high .409 attacking percentage. Dalane Guidry also paced the Techsters offensively with seven kills and a .273 hitting percentage. Guidry also added three block assists on the day.
Both teams matched up evenly in blocks with a total of seven each. For LA Tech, Caitlin Germany continued to be a force at the net with four total blocks on the afternoon.
FIU was led by Lucia Castro, who totaled 11 kills, 11 digs and a block. Kimberly Smith led in blocks with four. As a team, FIU out-hit Louisiana Tech .177 to .062.
The Lady Techsters return to action on the road against North Texas at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in Denton, Texas. LA Tech's next home match is at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 versus Florida Atlantic and will mark the first match in the Thomas Assembly Center since Sept. 29.