Oct. 5, 2017
RUSTON, La. – Looking to snag its first conference win of the season, the Louisiana Tech women’s volleyball team (5-12, 0-3 C-USA) will head to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Tech will then face a quick turnaround and return home to host UAB on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Techsters enter this weekend with high hopes after dealing with arguably the three toughest teams Conference USA has to offer in Rice, (RV) WKU and North Texas.
LA Tech sophomore middle blocker Madeline Davis has continued to shine as one of the bright spots on this Lady Techster squad. The Mount Pulaski, Illinois, native is currently averaging 0.94 blocks per set and hitting at a team-high .349 clip. These numbers rank 11th and eighth, respectively, among all league leaders. Davis’ consistent hitting percentage also cracks the top-100 among national leaders.
Senior libero Jacie McClure has been one of the more consistent defensive players in Confer¬ence USA this season, averaging 3.84 digs per set, which is the fourth-most among league lead¬ers. Already at 243 digs in 2017, McClure is on pace to break her own single-season mark of 345, set in 2016. For her career, McClure sits at 908 digs, poised to reach 1,000 for her career within the next few weeks of conference play.
Middle Tennessee (4-14, 0-4 C-USA) opened league play with a pair of losses to UAB and Mar¬shall, and followed up with an 0-2 mark last weekend, falling to (RV) WKU and Rice. The Blue Raiders are led offensively by Makila York (139 kills) and Dora Peo¬nia (147 kills) while primary setter Taylor Hammill ranks eighth in the league with 8.77 assists per set.
UAB (9-10, 3-1 C-USA) is off to a hot start in league play after wins over Middle Tennessee, UTEP and FIU have propelled the Blazers to the second-best C-USA record at 3-1. For the season, Petra Silic paces the Blazer offense with the sixth-most effi¬cient hitting percentage at .371. Defensively, Victoria Young has had a strong presence at the net, averaging the sixth-most blocks per set at 1.08.
All-time, the Techsters are 1-7 against Middle Tennessee and 1-3 versus UAB.
Fans can tune into the beIN Network for Friday’s match against Middle Tennessee, while Sunday’s home contest against the Blazers can be found on CUSA.tv. Live stats for both matches can be found on the LA Tech Volleyball schedule page. Be sure to follow @LATechVB on Twitter for match updates.