– The Louisiana Tech volleyball team rebounded from a tough five-set defeat on Friday night, and secured a 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21) triumph over Middle Tennessee on Sunday afternoon from the Thomas Assembly Center.
The LA Tech (6-10, 1-1 C-USA) defense stood tall afternoon, holding Middle Tennessee (4-10, 0-2 C-USA) to just a .179 hitting percentage. The majority of strong defense came in the first and second sets, which Tech both won, as the Blue Raiders could only muster a .071 and .070 attack percentage, respectively, in the first two frames.
In set number one, the Blue Raiders staked an early 5-3 lead, but Tech stayed the course, taking each of the next three points en route to a 6-5 edge. The Lady Techsters would not relinquish their lead in the frame, building the lead as large as seven, and capping off the first set with a 25-19 victory. As a team, Tech hit .280, while limiting Middle Tennessee to a .071 clip.
With a 1-0 lead, Tech kept its foot on the gas pedal, building a 19-16 lead in the second, forcing a Middle Tennessee timeout. Tech then increased its lead to five after a combo block from Madeline Davis
and Jordyn Carswell
. As a team, Tech struck for a season high 14 total blocks in the match. Davis led the way with eight total blocks on the afternoon, increasing her team-leading season total to 51.0.
"It feels great to get this first conference win under our belts," Davis remarked. "This is only the beginning. We're only going up from here. We're all playing well and excited for our next two matches at home. The difference today was our collective fight. We were all attacking from the very beginning, and kept the pressure on them. We stayed the course and remained together throughout the entire match."
Owning a 21-16 lead in the second, Tech saw Middle Tennessee creep to within two a couple times – at 22-20 and 24-22. However, a thunderous kill from Kaitlyn Adams
gave Tech the 25-22 lead and the second set.
Looking to close out the sweep, Tech saw a tough back-and-forth third set got Middle Tennessee's way at 29-27.
However, Tech responded to dropping its first set of the day and hit .324 (its highest mark of the day) in the fourth and final frame, capturing a 25-21 victory, securing the 3-1 match win.
Freshman setter Abigail Hildenbrand
distributed the offense efficiently once again, and secured her second double-double of the week with a team-best 38 assists and 12 digs. Kaitlyn Adams
led the team with 13 kills, while Davis added 12 kills of her own, while hitting .478. Lara Hendricks
added nine kills on 25 attempts, while Jordyn Carswell
(12 digs), Morgan Currie
(10 digs) and Alyssa Zucco
(13 digs) all stepped up defensively, each with double-digit dig efforts.
Tech will return to action on Tuesday, playing its third match in six days in a non-conference matchup against UL-Monroe from the Thomas Assembly Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free.