LA Tech Athletics Roundup

The Louisiana Tech volleyball team picked up a home win last night, the soccer team played to a scoreless draw while the Tech tennis team released its fall schedule.

Volleyball

In a highly competitive match, the Lady Techsters move to 2-2 on the season with the 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-19) win.

“I’m proud of the fight our team showed tonight amidst a mountain of adversity,” said Tech coach Amber McCray. “Jackson State is a program on the rise playing with a ton of confidence right now from going undefeated en route to a SWAC Championship with their only loss came in the NCAA Tournament last year.

“It took a total team effort, including multiple players bring a spark off the bench to carry us to this win tonight. That shows growth and is definitely something we can regroup and build on heading into this weekend.”

After winning the first set in a back-and-forth affair, Tech found itself trailing 15-10 in the second set when McCray called timeout. Her team responded and eventually found a way to win the set 25-23.

Tech led from start to finish in the third and final set although once again the Tigers made a run before falling 25-19.

Tech, which finished the match with 33 kills, improved to 13-1 all-time against Jackson State. Morgan Smith and Samantha Hicks led Tech with six kills followed by Faith Menary with five. Mallory Meers led Tech with 26 assists and McKenzie Johnson had 19 digs.

Tech travels to Texas this weekend to compete in the Houston Marriott Westchase Invitational hosted by Houston Baptist. The tournament starts Friday when Tech faces Prairie View A&M at 4 p.m.

Soccer

Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State battled for a full 110 minutes on Wednesday night, ending things in a scoreless draw at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.

“I am proud of the way we played tonight,” said Interim Head Coach Steve Voltz. “Historically, we have not had a lot of success playing here.  We had a few new players see action so we were rotating a lot trying to find the right fit. 

“Northwestern State defends really well; they are very compact.  We have to continue working on being more efficient when our chances arise, but at the end of the day I am pleased with this young group.  We kept our composure in overtime and can use this experience going forward.” 

Despite being down a handful of players, LA Tech (2-2-1) controlled much of the possession, which resulted in a 12-shot advantage while taking eight corner kicks.

Anna Loftus did find the back of the net in the 81st minute, but the referee whistled offside.  Another near goal came one minute later when Kalli Matlock sent in a cross to Maci Geltmeier in the six, but her one-touch shot sailed high.

LA Tech managed to generate three shots and three corner kicks during the 20 minutes of overtime.  However, NSU (0-3-2) who was coming off an OT loss to nationally-ranked Rice, kept the Lady Techsters off the scoreboard.

It marked the first scoreless draw since the 2019 C-USA Quarterfinals against Florida Atlantic. This was the second ever tie in the series history (seven matches).  The first tie came back in 2006, which also ended scoreless.

LA Tech will wrap up a five-game road swing at Missouri State on Sunday, Sept. 5.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Tennis

The Lady Techsters released their fall tennis schedule this weekend which includes three weekend tournaments.

Head coach Amanda Stone’s netters will open the fall season in Conway, Arkansas, on Oct. 1 for the three-day Central Arkansas Fall Invitational. The Lady Techsters will then compete in the ITA Southern Regionals hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Oct. 14-19. 

Tech will round out its fall schedule by hosting the LA Tech Invitational from Nov. 5 through the 7 at the Lady Techster Tennis Complex.

“This fall is about getting our team comfortable and confident,” said Stone.  “We have a lot of potential and the focus of that fall will be getting everyone clicking and improving.  Overall, our players and I are really excited to be back together and on the court competing.”

Photo:  Tim Smith

 


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