Updated Nov 12, 2004 00:40:07
Volleyball Falls in Five Games at UTEP in Season Finale
RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech certainly did not look like a team with little to play for but it was not enough as the Lady Techsters fell in the season finale in five games at UTEP (31-20, 18-30, 30-28, 27-30, 12-15) despite a great effort on Thursday night at Memorial Gym.
Tech was mathematically eliminated from contention for the WAC Tournament last weekend but played hard on Thursday, rallying from deficits in almost every game.
The match started great for the Lady Techsters as Tech rallied from a 29-24 deficit in game one to win the final seven points of the game as the Lady Techsters took a one game lead by edging the Miners 31-29 in the opening game.
Four Tech seniors played their final matches of their volleyball careers on Thursday and several of them went out with a bang.
Natalie Shipp played one of best matches as a Lady Techsters with 15 kills, 11 digs and three blocks while hitting .438 for the match.
Joy Okpa had a double double with 11 kills and 18 digs.
UTEP evened the match with a big win in game two, 30-18.
The final three games went back and fourth as the Miners were able to edge the Lady Techsters in the fifth game, 15-13. It is the second WAC match the Lady Techsters have lost in five games this season.
Leading the way for the Lady Techsters on Thursday was Ambra Hayes with 19 kills and 18 digs.
Heather Anderson posted 12 digs while Megan Rush tallied six kills and four blocks in her final match.
Tech was hurt in the match by 15 Miners aces and nine Lady Techster ball-handling errors.
Techs out-hit the Miners while also out blocking and out digging UTEP as well.
Tech ends the season at 6-21 while UTEP will close its season on Saturday against SMU.