MOBILE, Ala. –
The Louisiana Tech volleyball team responded to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-21) defeat to Mississippi State with a resounding 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-18) win over Southeastern Louisiana for a Friday split on day one of the Jaguar Invitational.
Box Score 1 (Miss. St.)
Box Score 2 (SELA)
Match 2 Recap
A balanced offensive attack was the key to LA Tech's (2-7) success in their second victory of the season, in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-18) triumph over Southeastern Louisiana (1-7) on Friday evening at the Jaguar Invitational on the campus of South Alabama.
"I am very happy for our players, who worked very hard as a team to win tonight's match," head coach Adriano de Souza
remarked. "They conquered this win with aggressiveness on both sides of the ball, while remaining calm and composed in their game choices. I am really pleased to see how everyone on our team is working hard and staying focused on the tasks they need to achieve success on the court."
Tech came out of the gates with determination, looking to snap a five-match losing skid. In the first set, the team saw one of its best runs of the season. Early on, Tech owned a 5-4 lead before rattling off eight consecutive points, keyed by a trio of kills from freshman Jordyn Carswell
. With a 13-4 lead, the Techsters kept the pressure on, never letting the Lady Lions get within seven points on the way to a dominating 25-15 first-set triumph.
In the second frame, the Lady Techsters once again utilized an early run – this one a 7-0 rush to take a 13-7 lead in the set. Southeastern would tie up the match a few more times (nine ties in all), but Tech would never relinquish its lead, and finished off a 25-23 second-set victory.
Looking for the sweep, Tech faced an uphill battle, as Southeastern came out with some ferocity in the third set. Tech would trail for most of the frame early on, but remained within one or two points away, before taking a 14-13 lead – its first of the frame. An ensuing 5-0 Techster run, fueled by several points from junior middle blocker Madeline Davis
, gave Tech a six-point lead at 19-13, and forced a Southeastern timeout. With the finish line in sight, Tech held fast, not allowing the Lady Lions within six the rest of the way, and capped off a 25-18 victory, clinching a sweep of the match.
Davis led the offensive charge for Tech with 11 kills at an incredibly efficient .625 clip (11-1-16). Meanwhile, freshman Lara Hendricks
tallied 11 kills of her own, while hitting .333. Carswell continued her impressive overall day with nine kills, three service aces and seven digs. Carter Mirich
and Marie-Helene Verlinden
both added five kills each, while Abigail Hildenbrand
chalked up her second double-double of the season with a team-best 33 assists and 10 digs.
Match 1 Recap
In their first matchup of the day, the Lady Techsters fell to Mississippi State, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-21). Freshman outside hitter Jordyn Carswell
posted a productive outing with seven kills and a trio of service aces.
In the first set, Mississippi State quickly raced out to a 6-2 lead, fueled by six consecutive points after Tech opened the match on a 2-0 run. The Bulldogs would not trail in the set again, ending the frame on an 8-0 run, culminating in their largest lead at 25-11, while taking a 1-0 lead in the match.
Set number two saw a much more back-and-forth affair between the two clubs, as there were a total of nine ties and five lead changes in the frame. Through the first 21 combined points, neither team led by more than one. However, Mississippi State took 14 of the final 17 points en route to a 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, Tech was much more competitive, sprinting out to a 5-1 lead behind three service aces from Carswell. Tech would maintain its lead for most of the set, and at one point owned an advantage as large as five at 17-12. However, the Bulldogs from Starkville slowly chewed into the lead, taking 13 of the last 17 combined points and ending the match with a 25-21 third-set triumph.
The Lady Techsters return to the court on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. taking on the host South Alabama Jaguars. The game will be streamed live at usajaguars.com/watch and live stats can be found on the LA tech Volleyball schedule page at LATechSports.com.