Oct. 29, 2017
SAN ANTONIO -- The Louisiana Tech women's volleyball team was unable to capitalize on an impressive first set victory, and fell, 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-18) to UTSA on Sunday afternoon from the Convocation Center.
The Lady Techsters (7-18, 2-9 C-USA) flew out of the gates, hitting an ultra-efficient .342 in the first frame. The Roadrunners (9-13, 7-3 C-USA) seemed powerless to stop the flurry of kills from both Gina Cortesi, Madeline Davis and Marta Monne, as Tech raced to a 17-8 edge.
UTSA drew as close as three at 18-15, but the Techsters buckled down and took seven of the final eight points, claiming a 25-16 victory in frame number one.
Leading 1-0, Tech was unable to find a similar start in the second set, as the Roadrunners proved to be the aggressors early on, running out to an 11-4 lead.
The Techsters showed some poise in chipping away at the early deficit, drawing as close as four at 22-18, but the gap would prove to be too significant as UTSA evened the match up at one.
With the all-important third set ahead, the Tech offense slowed down as UTSA held the Lady Techsters to their lowest hitting percentage of the afternoon at .000. Meanwhile, the Roadrunners hit .455 as a team and took control of the match with a 25-16 triumph.
With their backs against the wall, the Lady Techsters showed some resiliency in the fourth, driving home 14 kills with just seven attack errors. However, UTSA limited itself to just three attack errors, partnered with 15 kills, escaping with a 25-18 win and clinching the match.
LA Tech saw some solid play from some underclassmen in Davis (10 kills), Carter Mirich (nine kills, .533 hitting percentage and nine digs) and Cortesi (six kills).
Senior Nia Myah Johnson stepped in admirably off the bench, securing eight kills and a trio of digs across three sets played. Fellow senior Marta Monne led the offense with 14 kills and 18 digs.
UTSA saw three players notch 10+ kills as Marijeta Runjic (19 kills), Brianna McCulloch (15 kills) and Kara Teal (13 kills) paced the offense to a .273 hitting percentage.
The Roadrunners out-blocked the Lady Techsters 15 to five on the afternoon, limiting them to a .150 hitting mark.
Tech will return home for its final two matches at the TAC this season, taking on Charlotte on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and hosting North Texas on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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