FAU downs LA Tech in Four Sets at Home



Nov. 8, 2013

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RUSTON, La. - In its first match back in the Thomas Assembly Center, Louisiana Tech put up a tough fight, but eventually fell victim to Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic, 3-1 (25-12, 27-29, 25-18, 25-15), in four sets Friday night in Ruston.

Florida Atlantic (11-14, 3-8 C-USA) began the match with the hot hand and dominated Louisiana Tech (7-19, 1-10 C-USA) in the first set by a score of 25-12, while allowing just five kills from the Lady Techsters during the set.

LA Tech fought back in the second and managed to take a set off the Owls in a back-and-forth contest to tie the match at 1-1 going into the third.

Offensively, FAU proved to be too much and totaled 24 kills in the final two sets to eventually defeat the Lady Techsters 3-1 at home, which marks the eighth straight defeat for LA Tech.

Florida Atlantic had three players with at least 10 kills in the match, with Kristi Tekavec (19 kills), Katarina Stepanovic (13 kills) and Briann Wojciakowski (13 kills) pacing the Owls offensively. All three recorded a hitting percentage over .300 in the win. Stepanovic also led FAU with five total blocks on the night.

Xzache Mathis totaled a team-leading 15 kills in four sets with a .184 attacking percentage and 15 points, while Rebecca Redgen also recorded 11 kills, as well as seven digs and two blocks.

Maria Coelho led with 25 assists, while also totaling nine digs and a block assist. Freshman Alejandra Aviles had 21 kills to lead the Lady Techsters on the night.

Senior Caitlin Germany led the team at the net with three total blocks, while she also had three kills over the course of the match. Dalane Guidry also had one block on the night and seven kills in the loss.

As a team, Louisiana Tech was out-hit .081 to .223, as Florida Atlantic had 54 kills compared to LA Tech's 39. FAU totaled 10 blocks as a team, while the Techsters had a total of five.

Louisiana Tech returns to the court in its final home match at 1 p.m. Sunday, as they take on league opponent UAB in the Thomas Assembly Center.

Immediately following Sunday's contest, Louisiana Tech will hold a Senior Day ceremony on the court to honor this year's lone senior, Caitlin Germany.

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