Updated Sep 26, 2003 11:42:14
Volleyball Struggles in WAC Opener Without Sant'Anna
BOISE, Id. – Louisiana Tech senior outside hitter Cristine Sant’Anna is one of the better players in the Western Athletic Conference but all she could do was watch on Thursday night as Boise State defeated Tech (30-22, 30-28, 16-30, 20-30, 15-8) in the Western Athletic Opener for both teams.
Tech (10-6, 0-1 WAC) played very poorly in the first two games of the match and after dominating Boise State (5-10, 1-0 WAC) in games three and four to even the match at 2-2, the Lady Techsters reverted to their play in the first two games as the Broncos edged Tech in five games.
Sant’Anna suffered an injury on Tuesday in Tech’s home win over North Texas. The Lady Techsters struggled in a big way without its kill leader on Thursday particularly on the offensive end.
Joy Okpa led Tech with 18 kills and had six service aces in Sant’Anna’s absence.
Tech hit just .071 in the deciding fifth game as the Broncos jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back.
Tech posted hitting percentages of .200, .175 and .071 in the three games it lost while playing much better with hitting percentages of .292 and .400 in two the games the Lady Techsters were victorious in. Tech had 14 service errors in the match.
Laura Osterhaus and Megan Rush also posted double digits in kills with 12 and 11 respectively. Osterhaus added 10 digs while Heather Anderson came up with 14 digs for the Lady Techsters.
Boise State out dug Tech 55-53 in the match
The Lady Techsters return to action on Saturday at UTEP in another WAC contest.