Bowlers fight back to finals at Southland Championships; Tech roundup

Staff Writer

Louisiana Tech’s bowling team worked its way out of the losers bracket and advanced to the championship match against Vanderbilt but ultimately fell to the Commodores to finish as the runner-ups at the Southland Conference Bowling League Tournament in Harahan.

“Even though we came up a little bit short, we proved to everybody that we can compete at the highest level,” said Tech head coach Matt Nantais. “This team did not give up all weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of our performances this weekend.”

Allie Leiendecker and Danielle Jedlicki were both named All-Tournament following their performances. In the traditional matches of the tournament, Leiendecker recorded a 223.17 pin average while Jedlicki averaged a 200.67.

Tech will find out its fate for the 2021 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship on the selection show Wednesday, March 31, via web stream at 3 p.m. on

SOFTBALL: The Lady Techsters took two out of three this weekend in a road non-conference series against Memphis at the Tigers Softball Complex.

Tech (7-12) swept Saturday’s doubleheader, defeating the Tigers 7-6 and 10-6 before falling in Sunday’s finale 9-1 in six innings.

Freshman Tristin Court and sophomore Brooke Diaz both hit their first collegiate home runs in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 10-6 Tech win. The Lady Techsters took early big leads in both of Saturday’s games and then hung on late for the victories.

Tech travels to UL-Lafayette on Wednesday. First pitch set for 6 p.m.

SOCCER: Louisiana Tech honored five seniors on Sunday and the Lady Techsters celebrated by defeating ULM 2-0 at the Ruston Sports Complex.

It was Tech’s sixth straight victory on the pitch against the Warhawks.

Senior Elizabeth Doll registered her first goal of the season, giving Tech a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute of the first half. Erin Chung added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute, her second of the year.
LA Tech has two matches remaining in the regular season, including a road trip to Southern Miss on Sunday, April 4 at 2 p.m.

TENNIS: Tech (6-8, 1-3 C-USA) dropped a pair of Conference USA matches this weekend, falling to UAB (4-3) and Southern Miss (5-2) at the USM Tennis Courts in Hattiesburg.

“We learned a hard lesson today about showing up sharp every match,” said coach Amanda Stone.

“Bottom line, we are really consistently competing overall. Once we get these small things figured out, they will make a big difference in our future matches.”

LA Tech will next travel to Denton to play North Texas at 3 p.m. Friday.

VOLLEYBALL: LA Tech dropped a three-set decision to UTEP in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech lost the match by set scores of 17-25, 22-25 and 18-25. The Lady Techsters (1-18, 0-11) will play their final contest of the 2021 season today at noon against the Miners. Admission is free.

FOOTBALL: Louisiana Tech opened spring practice as the Bulldogs hit the turf at Joe Aillet Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

“Incredible to be on the grass again,” said Tech coach Skip Holtz. “This is my favorite time of year. I couldn’t be more excited to be out here, to see what this team can become.”

The Bulldogs welcome three new assistant coaches, five DI transfers and two new signees this spring.
Tech will practice today, Wednesday and Friday this week as part of its 15 total spring practices leading up to the April 24 spring game.

Bowling trophy courtesy of LA Tech Athletics Media Relations
LA Tech football photo of Skip Holtz by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ

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