Nov. 3, 2010
RUSTON, La. - The Lady Techster volleyball team hosts a pair of conference foes as San Jose State and Fresno State both make the trek to the Thomas Assembly Center this weekend. Tech will first take on the Spartans Thursday night at 7 p.m. before squaring off against Fresno State Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Louisiana Tech (11-16, 0-10 WAC) enters the week after dropping two consecutive road matches against Houston Baptist and No. 4 Hawai'i over the weekend.
Senior middle blocker Kara Jones leads the Lady Techsters with 2.64 kills and 0.68 blocks per set while ranking 10th in the WAC with a .305 attack percentage against conference opponents. Senior libero Lori Hunsucker continues to be amongst the national leaders with her conference-leading 5.18 digs per set.
"She is nowhere near being physically healthy because of the injuries that she is managing and she is refusing to quit," Louisiana Tech head coach Matt Sonnichsen said of Jones. "She plays hard in every single game and not only is she backing up her leadership with physical play but she is also encouraging her teammates as opposed to being the lone ranger and trying to do it herself. She is someone that we can count on each game to be a consistent performer."
First up for Tech on Thursday will be the Spartans from San Jose State who enters the match with an 8-17 record including a 3-8 mark against conference opponents. Offensively the Spartans are led by Hanah Blume's 2.88 kills per set while Caitlin Andrade sets up the offensive attack dishing out 9.59 assists per set. Katie Turner anchors the back row for San Jose averaging 3.21 digs per set while Alex Akana is averaging 0.58 blocks per frame.
Both schools met last month in California with the Spartans winning in three sets. Tech was led offensively by Jones and Kassia Pinto who added 14 and 10 kills respectively. Setter Bianca Bin recorded her seventh 30-plus dig performance of the season, picking up 35 assists on the night but Tech ultimately dropped a hard-fought conference match as the Spartans upended the Techsters.
Closing out the week, Tech will take on Fresno State to conclude the two game homestand.
The Bulldogs enter the week with a 4-7 record against conference opponents including a three set win against Louisiana Tech in October.
In order for Tech to be successful Saturday night they will have to shutdown perhaps one of the more talented outside hitters in the league in Marissa Brand. The 6'2 sophomore from Cypress, California leads the WAC with 11 double-doubles on the season and was instrumental in the Bulldogs knocking off the Techsters last month.
Behind Brand's 19 kills, the Bulldogs outhit the Lady Techsters .269 to .105 while improving to 13-3 all-time against Tech. The Techsters were led by Taylor Fritz who picked up 10 digs and nine kills while Pinto added 11 digs and eight assists. Bin dished out 28 assists while notching two blocks and three kills.
Following the next two matches, the Lady Techsters will return to the road for a pair of matches at Boise State and Idaho.
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