Sept. 12, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. – The Louisiana Tech women’s volleyball team snagged a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-10) win over the host Jackson State Lady Tigers Tuesday evening from the T.B. Ellis Gymnasium.
“Today before the match, we asked our setters to involve our middles more in the game,” head coach Adriano de Souza said. “It was clear during the match that Brooke (Short) made an effort to work for her middles which will be good for us in the long run. It will give us more options in creating a stronger offense.”
Tech (4-6) improved to 10-1 all-time against the Lady Tigers (1-10) while snagging its first true road win of the season. Setter Brooke Short made some history in the contest, notching the 2,000th assist of her career in the third set. Needing 20, to reach the milestone, Short distributed well throughout, finishing with 29 helpers on the evening.
“Every time one of players reaches a milestone, it means our program is taking positive steps forward,” de Souza added. “Today, Brooke reached 2,000 assists in her career, and I am very happy for her and our team.”
Tech once again distributed the offense nicely, as Gina Cortesi (nine kills), Maddy Davis (seven kills), Carter Mirich (seven kills), Marie-Helene Verlinden (five kills) and Nia Myah Johnson were all extremely active throughout the evening.
Tech hit .256 as a team, while holding Jackson State to just a .057 hitting percentage. The Techsters notched their highest hitting percentage in a single set this season in the final frame, pounding home 13 kills on just 20 attempts (.550).
In the first set, Tech began a bit slow, scoring back and forth with the Lady Tigers. With the match knotted at six, the Tech offense roared to life, fueled by a seemingly instant 6-1 run. From there, Tech would take a stranglehold on the set, leading by as many as 12 in the 25-14 victory.
In the second frame, both teams played well, as neither seemed to be able to gain any sort of momentum. With neither team leading by more than two throughout the entire second set, Tech gained the upper hand with efficient attacking. The Techsters notched 15 kills on 38 attempts while the Lady Tigers could only muster 10 kills on 36 attempts. Tech would take the second set, 25-23 as a Jackson State service error produced the winning point.
Tech played one of its most efficient sets of the season in the third and final set, racing out to a 10-5 lead, before capturing 14 of the final 20 points, en route to a 25-10 victory. The Techsters attacked at a blistering .550 clip in the frame and limited their attack errors to two.
“Another aspect we working on improving is our serving game, and we did much better tonight,” de Souza noted. “The players are starting to understand that serving well will help us score points with our block, defense and counter-attack. This is very important for any team that wants to be successful.”
Tech will hit the road again this weekend, travelling to St. Louis, Missouri, to face off against Little Rock, DePaul and the host Billikens on Friday and Saturday. Live stats links for the tournament can be found at LATechSports.com. Remember to follow @LATechVB on Twitter for all breaking news and updates on the Lady Techsters.