Nov. 17, 2013
HOUSTON - In its final match of the 2013 season, Louisiana Tech fell to the Rice Owls, 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-19), Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas.
In the season finale, LA Tech (7-22, 1-13 C-USA) hit .233 and .324 in the first two sets, but faltered in the third set with a negative attacking percentage to end the match with a .170 percentage. Rice (11-18, 7-7 C-USA) ended the match with 50 kills and hit .343 over the course of three sets.
Despite Rice leading early in the first set, LA Tech went on a five-point run and won seven of 10 points to make it a contest to begin the match. The Owls eventually prevailed, 25-20, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. LA Tech hit .233 in the opening game, while Rice posted a .389 hitting percentage to start the match.
With a 1-0 lead, Rice kept the momentum going to win the second set, 25-19, and hold a 2-0 advantage over the Lady Techsters. Although LA Tech fell in the second set, the team posted a .324 attacking percentage in the second game of the match with 14 kills and just three errors.
The Owls wrapped up the victory in the third set, while out-hitting the Lady Techsters .179 to -.067 in the game with 12 kills compared to LA Tech's seven.
Louisiana Tech was led by sophomore Fenix Calderon, who totaled a team-leading eight kills, while hitting .167 for the match and recording two blocks. Sophomore Dalane Guidry led all Lady Techsters with four total blocks, while also posting a team-high .333 hitting percentage with six kills on the day.
Senior Caitlin Germany wrapped up her Lady Techster career with four kills and two blocks versus the Owls. Germany totaled a career-high 88 blocks over the course of the 2013 season, the highest of her four years at Louisiana Tech. Over four seasons, Germany recorded 255 total blocks and played in 113 matches in her collegiate career.
The Owls were led by Jillian Humphrey and Riddlesprigger, who each recorded 12 kills on the afternoon. Riddlesprigger also posted a .706 hitting percentage and a team-leading three blocks for Rice.
With the loss, the Lady Techsters end the 2013 season with an overall record of 7-22 and a 1-13 mark in Conference USA.
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