Posted Sep 9, 2005 20:32:57
Volleyball Splits Matches In First Day of Competition at Bear Brawl
Mazeitis and the Lady Techsters defeated Mercer today but fell to UNC-Ashville.
The Lady Techster volleyball team went to the Bear Brawl, hosted by Mercer University in Macon, Ga., riding a four-match winning streak and looking to win their second tournament of the season.
And after defeating Mercer (1-4) in the first match, Tech was pace to do just that, until UNC-Ashville (4-2) upset the Lady Techsters (6-2) in Tech’s second match of the day.
It took the Lady Techsters five games to overcome Mercer (32-34, 30-24, 28-30, 30-18, 15-9), as Tech won games two, four and five convincingly.
However, the Lady Techsters’ inconsistent play caught up with them in the match against UNCA, and Tech lost in four games (30-18, 26-30, 23-30, 26-30).
Tech head coach Heather Mazeitis said, while the Lady Techsters were fortunate enough to beat Mercer with average, inconsistent play, they could not beat a team of UNCA’s caliber without playing well.
“They (UNCA) are a strong defensive team,” Mazeitis said. “We shell shocked them in the first game, but they made adjustments in the following games. We’ve been playing average and pulling it out in the end, as we did with UL-Lafayette and Mercer, but UNCA didn’t allow us to do that.
“To beat them, you have to play better than average for the entire match. We have to play like we did in games two, four and five all the time. That’s the difference from us being a really good team versus an average team.”
One bright spot for the Lady Techsters was junior outside hitter Anielle Da Silva, who recorded a team-high 38 kills for the day and a .360 hitting percentage.
“Anielle had a great day attacking,” Mazeitis said. “She’s finally doing what I expected her to do. She’s a smart player who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, and she can put the ball away, which we still need her to do consistently.
Following Da Silva was Shannon Phillips, Ambra Hayes, Carly Johnson and Lauren Gustafson, who had 34, 33, 15 and 14 kills, respectively.
Setters Maria Romanowski and Jillann Walker split time during the two matches, as Romanowski posted 77 assists for the day and Walker added 38 assists.
In the final day of competition in the Bear Brawl tomorrow, the Lady Techsters will face Florida International at 11 a.m. and Memphis at 5 p.m.