Tech volleyball, soccer recaps

LA Tech rallied from a set down to record a 3-2 win over ULM Tuesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center. (Courtesy Photo)

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Tech Volleyball 3, ULM 2

For a second straight year Louisiana Tech and ULM went the full five sets, but this time it was the Lady Techsters coming out on top in a 3-2 victory over the Warhawks on Tuesday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

ULM (3-4), coming off a tournament sweep, held a 2-1 advantage through three sets.  However, LA Tech (3-5) was able to turn things around and force a fifth set before sealing the victory (24-26, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10).

“Coming off a tournament sweep, ULM came out playing with a ton of confidence,” said Tech Coach Amber McCray. “We knew we had to come and stick to the game plan by trying to neutralize their middles.  As the game went on in sets four and five, we found ways to get stops on them and that made a huge difference.  We stayed composed and confident in those big moments.  We keep putting ourselves in position to be there at the end.  Today was a great step in the right direction in proving to ourselves we are capable of making big plays when the game is on the line.”

The first set was back-and-forth with 11 total ties.  Knotted up at 20-20, the Warhawks won three of the next four points to grab a two-point advantage.  The visiting team had two set points, but the Lady Techsters were able to fight them off to set up another tie at 24-24.  A bad set by LA Tech followed by a block solo gave ULM the 1-0 lead.

The second set played out much the same with ULM holding a slim 23-21 lead.  This time, LA Tech reeled off four straight points to capture the second set and tie things up at 1-1.

It was close battle in the third set as well with the Lady Techsters behind one point at 21-22.  They could not complete the comeback this time as ULM’s Madeline Williams delivered three straight kills to give her team a 2-1 edge.

After playing from behind in crucial points, LA Tech jumped out ahead midway through the fourth set after a mini 3-0 scoring run gave them a 16-13 lead.  They maintained their advantage for the rest of the set, closing it out with kills by Andrea Spasojevic and Ashley Taylor.

Coming down to the fifth and deciding set, it was tied at 3-3 before the Lady Techsters put together a 5-0 scoring run, capped off by back-to-back service aces from McKenzie Johnson.  ULM sliced the deficit down to two on two occasions, but LA Tech’s Taylor struck for three kills on their final three points.

LA Tech finished with a .181 hitting percentage.  Taylor led the way with a game-high and career-high 19 kills to go along with five blocks.  Spasojevic and Morgan Smith also reached double-digit kills with 15 and 10, respectively.  Ashley Jones finished with 51 assists and McKenzie Johnson registered 29 digs.

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Sam Houston 2, LA Tech Soccer 0 –

Louisiana Tech soccer fell to Sam Houston Tuesday night in Huntsville, Texas, 2-0. 

Despite earning the most corner chances of the season with six and matching their second-highest shot output (10) and shots on goal (6), LA Tech (2-4-1) was unable to break through the Sam Houston defense at Pritchett Field.

“We played a very hungry and inspired side tonight in Sam Houston,” said Steve Voltz. “The result is obviously not one we wanted, but I loved the opportunities we created tonight. We put ourselves in great positions to make plays, it just didn’t break our way tonight. We have to continue working on capitalizing and sense those opportunities to strike. 

“We are getting a lot of players a lot of experience due to the injuries we’ve had and we feel we will be better for it down the road. We’ve got one more non-conference opportunity on the road at Little Rock Friday to prepare for a very tough conference schedule. We will get home, rest, then get back to training and come out ready to play well on Friday.”

Tech played well defensively early on, taking care of the Bearkats’ 11 first-half shot attempts ending the half in a 0-0 draw.

However, early in the second half, Sam Houston (0-3-1) took advantage of a busted play that resulted in a collision between two players leaving Pam Murray wide open from 25 yards away. Murray found the top left corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. 

The Bearkats would add an insurance goal in the 61′ from Alesandra Maldonado, who snuck a ball between the feet of a Tech defender and past Sydnee Korchak into the lower left corner. 

Tech put up eight of their ten shots in the second frame, including opportunities from Rebecca LancasterSophie Fijneman, and Alma Cedefors, but Tech could not get one past Tatum Krueger, who tied a season-high with six saves.

Sydnee Korchak registered six saves in the loss. She has 29 on the season.


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