Posted Nov 18, 2005 11:11:02
Lady Techsters Travel to Face Hawaii on the Island
Louisiana Tech will wrap-up its regular season with a trip to Hawaii to face the Wahine tonight at 11:05 p.m.
No. 9 nationally-ranked Hawaii extended its NCAA-best and Western Athletic Conference record winning streak to 106 matches with a win over the New Mexico State Aggies last night. But the Wahine survived another five-game scare to earn its 900th victory in program history.
Hawaii (21-6, 15-0 WAC) took the first two games, but the Aggies won games three and four to push the decisive game five. It was the first time this season Hawaii had lost a game at home, as the Aggies nearly pulled off the upset.
New Mexico State had the Wahine on the ropes at 12-11 in the fifth game, but Hawaii's Juliana Sanders got a kill to even the score. Then, Sanders and Susie Boogaard combined for three double-blocks in a row to win the match.
Now the Lady Techsters (15-16, 2-13 WAC) will have their chance to disrupt Hawaii's win streak, as Tech will enter the Stan Sherriff Center with a renewed confidence after playing Utah State tough last Monday. The Lady Techsters took Utah State to four games and nearly pushed five, while the Aggies played Hawaii to five games earlier this season.
Hawaii defeated Tech 0-3 on Sept. 29 in the Thomas Assembly Center. Junior outside hitter Ambra Hayes was the only Tech player with double-digit kills with 17. She and sophomore middle blocker Shannon Phillips continue to lead Tech offensively, as they are averaging 3.67 and 3.17 kills per game, respectively.
Freshman libero Meghan Haas leads Tech's defense with 3.84 digs per game, and sophomore Jillann Walker is the probable starter at setter with 9.56 assists per game.
After their match with Hawaii, the Lady Techsters will finish the season at the WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., beinning on Nov. 26.