Volleyball Set for Four-Match Tournament in Hammond


 

 

Sept. 12, 2013

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's volleyball team is set to face four teams in the span of two days as LA Tech travels to compete in the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic on the campus of Southeastern La. in Hammond.

Tech (4-4) will open the tournament with an 11 a.m. match versus Nebraska-Omaha (1-5) Friday before facing in-state foe Southern (1-6) at 3 p.m. later that day. The tournament will conclude Saturday as the Tech¬sters take on Stetson (5-3) and the host Lady Lions (2-6) at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.

"Our team is looking forward to the four matches ahead of us," head coach Adriano de Souza said of the upcoming weekend. "We just played a match Tuesday where everyone in the team was really focused and played hard every point. In this next tournament, we have a great opportunity to practice some adjustments we have talked about in the past two days and compete."

The Lady Techsters are coming off a hard-fought loss at the hands of Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night. After battling back from two sets down, Tech came up just short in the fifth set and fell to the Ladyjacks on the road.

Despite the loss, Tech had three players record double-doubles in Maria Coelho, Xzache Mathis and Rebecca Redgen.

Redgen leads the Lady Techsters with 113 total kills and 3.42 kills per set in eight matches in 2013. Redgen has totaled double-digits in kills in the last seven matches the Lady Techsters have played this season.

Xzache Mathis is second on the team with 99 kills and recently moved into a tie for fourth place in LA Tech history for kills in a single match with 28 versus Stephen F. Austin. Her 28 kills against the Ladyjacks marked the first time a Lady Techsters player has surpassed 25 kills in a single match since the 2010 season.

Also, after an eight-ace performance Sept. 7 versus New Orleans, Maria Coelho moved into a tie for first place all-time in LA Tech Volleyball history for aces in a single-match. She is currently tied with Lindsey Sheppard, who totaled eight aces during the 1995 season.

LA Tech will play two matches beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, before wrapping up the annual Tangi Tourism Lion Classic with matches at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at University Center in Hammond.

Live stats will be available for all four matches this weekend by accessing the link on the volleyball schedule page on LATechSports.com.

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