Tech, GSU meet in volleyball tonight

Two Lincoln Parish neighbors meet tonight in volleyball when LA Tech hosts GSU at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center. (photo by Darrell James)

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications


Midweek action is up next for the Louisiana Tech Volleyball team as they play their home opener against Grambling State.  It is the first of nine home matches this season for the Lady Techsters.



Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 31 | 6 p.m. CT

Location: Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court

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LA Tech opened the 2022 season by going 1-2 at the Big Orange Bash in Clemson, South Carolina.  The Lady Techsters fell to Austin Peay and Clemson, but sandwiched that with a 3-1 victory over Presbyterian (25-13, 17-25, 26-24, 25-16).

Middle blocker Ashley Taylor was one of seven players voted to the Big Orange Bash All-Tournament Team.  On offense, the newcomer tallied 32 total kills while generating a tournament-best .410 hitting percentage.  On defense, she tied with three other players for the tournament high with nine blocks.

Leading the way offensively was fellow newcomer Chard’e Vanzandt who recorded 36 kills.  Also making her LA Tech debut, Andrea Spasojevic, registered 32 kills including a foot kill that ended up being the No. 4 play on ESPN’s Sportscenter. 


Under the guidance of first-year head coach Paige Phillips, GSU split its two matches at the Saluki Bash in Carbondale, Illinois, falling 3-0 to SIU-Edwardsville before coming from behind to defeat Southern Illinois by a score of 3-1 (15-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18).

The Lady Tigers amassed a .115 hitting percentage in the two matches, anchored by Jayden James who totaled 24 kills to go along with four service aces.  Defensively, Haley Gomez tallied nine combined blocks while Nyah Ellis led the team with 26 digs. 


LA Tech lost the first ever matchup versus Grambling State in the inaugural season of the program back in 1987.  However, the Lady Techsters have gone unbeaten in the series ever since, winning all 32 matchups.  LA Tech has shut out GSU in the last 12 meetings.