Oct. 10, 2013
RUSTON, La. - After going 1-1 last weekend and notching its first conference victory in three years, Louisiana Tech returns to the road as the Lady Techsters travel to face East Carolina at 6 p.m. CT Friday at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C.
Last weekend, the Lady Techsters not only recorded the first Conference USA win for LA Tech Athletics, but the team also snapped a 34-match conference losing streak that dated back to 2010 with a 3-1 victory over Charlotte last Friday night on the road.
Most recently, LA Tech is coming off a 3-0 road loss at the hands of the Thundering Herd of Marshall, while East Carolina has yet to win a C-USA match in three contests played thus far. The Pirates faced Charleston Southern on the road in a midweek matchup Tuesday that resulted in a ...
Tomorrow night's conference showdown will mark the first meeting on the volleyball court between Louisiana Tech and East Carolina in the history of both programs.
"East Carolina has a very athletic team," head coach Adriano de Souza said. "They have several attackers with consistently good performances this season. We understand that East Carolina will be well prepared to play us and our goal is to control our side of the court and play to the best of our abilities. I know that our players are looking forward to a good match."
LA Tech comes into Friday's match as the conference leader in aces per set with an average of 1.80, a mark that also ranks the Lady Techsters 10th in the nation in that category. Individually, junior setter Maria Coelho is ranked 33rd in the country and second in C-USA in aces per set with 0.44 in 2013. Coelho leads all Tech players with 33 aces this season.
Offensively, Rebecca Redgen and Xzache Mathis continue to lead the Techsters offensively with 231 and 224 kills, respectively. Mathis also leads the team in kills per set with a 3.39 average, while Redgen is second and averages 3.12 per set.
At the net, senior Caitlin Germany continues to stand tall as the middle blocker leads the team in total blocks with 51 and averages 0.76 per set. Germany is tied with Dalane Guidry with seven solo blocks on the year.
As for the Pirates, East Carolina is attacking .164 as a team compared to LA Tech's .169. The Pirates are led by senior Nicole Willis, who is first on the team in kills (259), kills per set (3.98), service aces (15) and points with 4.49 per set.
Friday night's Conference USA match will be available via GameTracker and a live video stream by accessing the links on the volleyball schedule page on LATechSports.com.
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