Updated Aug 23, 2007 22:11:21
Lady Techsters Open 2007 Season at Mizuno Invitational
HOUSTON -- The Louisiana Tech Lady Techster volleyball team will start the season at the 2007 Mizuno Invitational and will face off with host Rice Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
"We are enormously excited about starting with this talented group of athletes we have," Tech head coach Heather Mazeitis said. "We'll have some good competition this weeked, and as long as we play like we've been practicing, we will see some great things. This is a strong tournament with good competition that we will do well in."
The Lady Techsters return five starters into the line-up including preseason All-WAC senior Shannon Phillips who entered the 1000-kill club last season as a junior, becoming only the second junior in Tech history to achieve the milestone.
Seniors Jill Walker and Kristen Fairbanks return at the setter and right-side position, respectively, while junior Brittney Nakamura returns as the libero. Sophomores KC Clayton and Samantha Crowder return at the middle blocker position to round out the five returners along with Nakamura.
Tech will play both Oral Roberts and Lamar Saturday to round out the invitational.