Oct. 14, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Despite a match-high 14 kills from Kara Jones, the Louisiana Tech volleyball team came up short as Idaho swept past the Lady Techsters (25-22, 25-17, 26-24) Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Louisiana Tech was outhit .152 to .072 with Jones pacing the Tech offensive attack with a .481 attack percentage. Senior Lori Hunsucker eclipsed the 20-plus digs plateau for the fifth time this season as she recorded a match-high 24 digs to lead the Tech back row.
In the first set, both squads struggled in establishing a solid passing game. However, the Lady Techsters jumped out to a 10-5 lead behind multiple kills from Jones, Jennifer Goodwin and Taylor Fritz. Trailing by five points, Idaho responded out of the timeout by putting together a 11-5 scoring run to take a 16-15 lead. After trading points back-and-forth, Idaho was able to string together a few defensive stops en route to a 25-22 set win.
Idaho narrowly outhit Tech .081 to .078 in the first set.
After surrendering the first four points in the second set, Louisiana Tech was never able to build a rhythm on offense as the Techsters hit a match-low .023 while allowing the Vandal offense to string together a .200 attack percentage. Idaho led the second set from start to finish on the way to a 25-17 win.
Out of the break the Lady Techsters would put together an impressive third frame that featured four lead changes and 14 ties. Trailing 21-18, the Lady Techsters scored the next three points behind an Idaho attack error and kills by Fritz and Bianca Bin. With the score knotted at 21 apiece, Idaho retook the lead at 24-22 before Tech fought back to even the score. Unfortunately the comeback would stall as Tech was unable to overtake the Vandals and fell 26-24.
Louisiana Tech will return to action Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. as the Lady Techsters square off against conference foe Boise State inside the Thomas Assembly Center.