Nov. 18, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Bianca Bin and Kassia Pinto picked up double-doubles and Kara Jones' 11th kill of the night sent the Lady Techster senior class home with a five-set win (25-21, 19-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-11) over Nevada Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
"It was a great way to go out but at the same time it is still sad because I can't ever imagine myself not playing volleyball," said four-year starter Kara Jones. "Tonight's win says a lot about the heart and the pride that this team displays. As a team we did everything we could to finish out the season on a high note."
Bin notched her second-straight double-double as she totaled 44 assists, 14 digs with five kills and five blocks. Pinto's double-double was her seventh of the season as she totaled a career-high 21 digs.
Senior Lori Hunsucker tallied a team-high 27 digs to extend her single-season record to 579. Hunsucker became only the sixth active WAC student-athlete to tally 1,000-plus career digs and the only to do such in two seasons.
In total the Tech offense outhit Nevada .130 to .102 while five Techsters recorded at least 14 digs en route to the defense recording 109 digs (21.8 d/s) - the highest total in a WAC match since Hawai'i had 110 vs. New Mexico State on Sept. 22, 2007.
After introducing the Tech senior class prior to the first serve, the Techster seniors came out with a purpose. Trailing 13-11, a kill by Taylor Fritz kick started a 14-8 scoring run that was ultimately capped off by her fourth kill of the night. Senior Jennifer Goodwin notched 11 of her career-high 18 digs in the first set as the Tech defense suffocated the Wolf Pack offense to the tune of a .065 hitting percentage.
In the second set, Tech picked up where they left off jumping out to a 14-11 lead. However, two kills from Lindsay Baldwin sandwiched with a Tech attack error even the score before the Wolf Pack took 11 of the next 15 points to even the match at one set apiece.
Out of the break the Techsters capitalized upon four solo blocks - two from Clara Vido, and one apiece from Goodwin and Jones - to race out to an 11-3 lead. With a steady lead at hand, the Techsters cruised to a 25-17 set win, outhitting Nevada .256 to .062 in the frame.
Vido finished with 16 digs and nine kills to go along with a career-high three solo blocks.
Nevada would even the match at two sets apiece after taking the fourth set 25-20 behind a .200 attack percentage.
Facing a decisive fifth set for the third consecutive match, the Techsters responded. With the score tied at nine apiece, a kill from Pinto, assisted blocks from Jones and Bin finished with a kill from Jones strung together a 3-0 scoring run forcing Nevada to call their last timeout. Out of the timeout both teams split the next four points to give the Techsters a potential match point.
As fate would have, the third time proved to be the charm for the Techsters and the senior class as Kara Jones recorded her 793rd career kill from the right side to close out the match and send the seniors off on a winning note.
"It was a heck of a win to close out our senior year," said Kassia Pinto. "We tried to pull everything together and that is what happened. The team worked very hard and hustled tonight. We were all focused, played as a team and helped each other to make this night special."
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