Nov. 14, 2012
RUSTON - After having played 29 regular season matches over the last three months, the Louisiana Tech volleyball team will finish up its 2012 campaign against UT Arlington at 7 p.m. Thursday at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.
The Lady Techsters are coming off a two-game road stretch where they traveled to Idaho and Seattle U and fell in both contests, the latter being a five-set thriller with the Redhawks last Saturday.
LA Tech will be looking to break a 20-match losing streak this week against the Mavericks in the team's final chance to record a win in 2012.
The last time these two teams met, UT Arlington knocked off Tech in the Thomas Assembly Center in four sets, and the Mavericks currently lead the all-time series record 5-2 over LA Tech.
The Techsters are led offensively by junior Clara Vido, who has 231 kills this season, and sophomore setter Maria Coelho, who ranks sixth in the WAC individual standings with 854 assists in 2012. Vido is averaging 2.41 kills per set, while Coelho has an average of 8.37 assists in each set this season.
Defensively, Tech is led by junior Caitlin Germany who has 67 total blocks this season with an average of 0.87 per set, while Coelho trails slightly with 64 total blocks and 0.63 per set.
Senior libero Stephany Salas is also a major contributor to the Techsters as she has totaled 358 digs with an average of 3.69 per set in 2012.
While the Techsters have been eliminated from postseason play, UT Arlington is facing a must-win situation Thursday, as a win over Tech will put them in the WAC Tournament as the eighth seed.
The match will be streamed live on UT Arlington's website with radio also available for fans to listen to the match. Streaming can be accessed at www.utamavs.com under the front-page calendar tab, while radio can be found at www.utaradio.com.
Live stats will also be available for Thursday's match by accessing the link on the schedule page at www.LATechSports.com.
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