Sept. 20, 2017
MONROE, La. - The Louisiana Tech women's volleyball team pulled out a convincing 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22) win over UL-Monroe on Wednesday evening from Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
With the win, Tech (5-9) heads into the start of conference play on Sunday on a high note. The Techsters snapped a three-match losing skid, while the Warhakws (4-13) dropped their second match at home this season. All-time, Tech improved to 23-8 against ULM, while winning 23 of the last 25 matchups between the two programs.
“I am very proud of the teamwork that our players displayed today,” head coach Adriano de Souza noted. “We did most of what we planned to do and our players are understanding and remembering strategies more consistently. I believe that they will soon have a full grasp on that game intelligence which will bring us closer to our goals in Conference USA this season.”
Senior Marta Monne led the way for the Tech offense, pounding home 19 kills on 48 attempts, while adding 12 digs for her team-leading seventh double-double of the year. Teammate Gina Cortesi added 13 kills of her own while striking at an incredibly efficient .462 clip. The attack percentage for the freshman was the highest of any Tech player, with at least 12 kills, this season (previous high - .321, Carter Mirich vs. DePaul). Brooke Short paced the offense with 44 assists (her fourth match with 40+ assists this season), while Madeline Davis loomed large at the net with a team-high six blocks.
ULM was led by Kalena Caruthers (12 kills) and Catherine Griffith (12 kills).
In the first set, Tech wasted no time in setting the tone of the match, and sprinted out to a 7-3 lead. The Techsters would hold a comfortable advantage for most of the first set, until a late 7-3 Warhawk run drew them to within one at 23-22. Tech's poise would show however, as a pair of kills from Monne would slam the door on the first set.
The second set saw much of the same as the first, with the Techsters again jumping out to an early lead at 10-5. ULM would piece together a rally, led largely by its defensive tenacity in holding Tech to just a .065 hitting percentage in the frame. However, with a slim 19-17 lead, the Techsters would rattle off six of the final eight points, fueled by three Warhawk attack errors.
The Warhawks would respond to the idea of being swept with a 25-21, third-set triumph. Tech hits at its second-highest rate (.237) of any frame in this match, but the Warhawk offense churned out 18 kills while hitting .289 in the set.
With another chance to seal the deal, Tech would not disappoint and held off the Warhakws 25-22 in the fourth and final set. Both teams hit below .150 in the frame, but Tech's late rush of three straight points proved to be the dagger.
Tech will take a few days off before returning to the Thomas Assembly Center on Sunday, hosting Rice in the Conference USA opener. Tech boasts a 2-1 record at home this season, while Rice is 1-2 in true road contests.
Admission to all Tech home matches is free and fans can follow live stats and updates on the LA Tech volleyball Twitter account (@LATechVB).