LA Tech Olympic Sports weekend wrap-up

LA Tech defeated Charlotte 3-0 during C-USA action Friday night. (courtesy photo)

 Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

 

LA Tech Volleyball 3, Charlotte 0 (Friday)

The Louisiana Tech Volleyball team won 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-18) in its first conference game of the season against Charlotte inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

“This is a huge win for our program,” said Amber McCray. “We have been talking all week about having strength in numbers, and tonight’s match could not have been any more of an indication of that. It took everyone to beat a really good, well-coached Charlotte team who has beaten a number of Power 5’s this year.

“We had 4 players in double-digit digs, all five attackers had six or more kills, and Kalee Cadwell set a phenomenal match putting our attackers in some really good situations. Our passers kept us in system all night and our servers were clutch in staying aggressive to run points behind the service line. Balance was our key tonight, and that’s exactly what we will continue to work to be every time we step on the court.” 

Notables

  • Andrea Spasojevic got her sixth double-double of the season with 10 kills, 10 digs and adds three services aces. 
  • The Lady Techsters totaled seven service aces on the night and now leads Charlotte 5-3 in match play.
  • Four Lady Techsters had double-digit digs with 10 on the match — Meghan Dunnigan, McKenzie Johnson, Sydney Jackwin, and Spasojevic.
  • LA Tech totaled 46 kills in the match, the third largest recorded in program history. 
  • For the first time since joining C-USA in 2013, the Lady Techsters opened league play with a 3-0 sweep (first C-USA sweep since 2016). 

#23 Rice Volleyball 3, LA Tech 0 (Sunday)

The Louisiana Tech volleyball team fell 3-0 (17-25, 18-25, 15-25) to No. 23 Rice inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. 

“There’s a reason Rice is the No. 23 team in the country and has beaten several ranked opponents already this year,” said McCray. “Their veteran setter is phenomenal and does an excellent job of running a balanced offense with multiple players able to score, something we also try to do but unfortunately did not do a great job of today.

“I think McKenzie Johnson kept us in a number of rallies with her defense, but ultimately our inability to terminate was the most glaring difference in this match. Despite today, there was still so much growth we saw this weekend and momentum we can build on heading into a couple of key road trips next week.”

Notables

  • Andrea Spasojevic totaled nine kills and three digs.
  • Two Lady Techsters collected double-digit digs; McKenzie Johnson with 17 and Sydney Jackwin with 12. 
  • LA Tech totaled 52 digs as team. 

Up Next
LA Tech will return on the road to face off with UTEP on Friday, Sept. 30 in El Paso, Texas. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.

 

TENNIS

The Louisiana Tech Tennis team had an impressive showing in its first fall tournament, defeating Arkansas and Northern Arizona in singles at the three-day Tulsa Invitational from the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
 
With the entire roster returning from an 18-win season, LA Tech ramped up its strength of schedule by opening the fall against SEC for Arkansas who finished No. 34 in the country last season, host Tulsa who finished ranked No. 46 in the nation last season, and Northern Arizona who has won three straight Big Sky Conference titles.
 
And LA Tech proved they belonged on the courts.

“This was one of the best opening weekends we have ever had,” said head coach Amanda Stone. “We were consistent all three days against very high-level competition.  We learned a lot about the way we need to compete against teams of this caliber.  We showed some good promise in doubles and I think once we get these new partners comfortable, we will be very tough on all lines.

“I was extremely happy with singles.  We won the ones we expected to and then came up with some of the best wins in the program against Arkansas.  We need to keep proving it on the court, but this weekend was a great step toward where we want to be.”

Notables

·        LA Tech went 4-1 against Arkansas in singles and 5-2 against Northern Arizona in singles (both Arkansas and NAU played in the NCAA Tournament last season)

·        It marked the first time since 2017 that a LA Tech player defeated an SEC opponent

·        Leonie Schuknecht and Najah Dawson won their first ever doubles match as a duo

·        Leonie Schuknecht, Olga Bienzboas, and Alexia Romero each went 2-1 in singles

·        Leonie Schuknecht ended Sofia Markova’s 13-game singles winning streak

·        Alexia Romero collected her 50th career singles victory (fall and spring combined)

 

Rice Soccer 4, LA Tech 1 (Sunday)

The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team fell at home to Rice by the score of 4-1 at The Mack on International Student Day, which recognized the 14 Tech players who represent different countries from around the world.

“The name of the game is execution,” said Tech head coach Steve Voltz. “We played a great match and were right were we wanted to be. We were even in shots and did what we needed to put ourselves in positions to score and earning those corner chances.

“The difference was they made two one-one-one plays and put their chances away, and we did not. We had a great response coming out of half, and again, we were right there. Then we have a bad break on a handball pushed their lead back to two goals, and you have to credit them for capitalizing on those winning moments. 

Notables
• Rice now leads the all-time series 9-0-1 and is 4-0-1 in Ruston.
• Emma Jones scored her first goal of the season, her second in a Tech uniform. 
• Tomoyo Kuroyanagi registered her first assist this season, and third of her career. 
• Tech’s 13 shots and seven shots on goal are the second-most of the season (14, 8 respectively) and the most of this season at home.
• Tech earned a season-high nine corners today.
• Sophie Fijneman, Laura Ogando, and Rebecca Lancaster played the full 90 minutes. 
• Fijneman has gone the distance in 10 of 12 matches this season, Ogando eight, and Lancaster three. Fijneman has played all but 33 minutes this season.
• Erin Chung and Josie Studer were booked with yellow cards. 

Up Next
LA Tech will play the second of a three-game Conference USA home stand next Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. at The Mack against Florida International.

 

CROSS COUNTRY

The Louisiana Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams continued their 2022 seasons at the Watson Classic in Clinton, Miss., hosted by Mississippi College, with the Lady Techsters claiming a top-three finish while the Bulldogs placed ninth. 

“I am extremely proud of this team,” said Tech distance coach Jeanee Romero. “They fought a tough race and I couldn’t have asked for anything more of them. We will have the next couple of weeks to recover and train hard heading in to Tuscaloosa. I believe they are ready for what is ahead.”

Notables – Men


  • Final Team Results: Alabama-Huntsville (25), Mississippi College (33), Jackson State (96), Ozarks (134), Spring Hill (158), Millsaps (174), Meridian CC (191), UA Rich Mountain (214), Louisiana Tech (235), Mississippi Valley (278), Tougaloo (294), Jarvis Christian (336), LeMoyne-Owen (372)
    • Erik Rangel finished 53rd with a time of 28:51
    • Logan Bailey finished 62nd (29:11)
    • Joshua Raiford finished 88th (32:02)
    • Jason Arena finished 98th (33:08)
    • Hayes Gill finished 99th (33:08)
    • Tate Ashcraft finished 112th (40:30)

    Notables – Women

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  • Final Team Results: Alabama-Huntsville (22), Mississippi College (33), Louisiana Tech (97),Spring Hill (119), Millsaps (131), UA Rich Mountain (147), Ozarks (199), Mississippi Valley (236), Jarvis Christian (244), LeMoyne-Owen (245)
    • Rebecca Quebedeaux finished 25th overall with a time of 25:18
    • Jacquelin LaBerteaux finished 28th (25:34)
    • Victoria Datta finished 34th (25:59)
    • Lexa Thompson finished 38th (26:31)
    • Ali Looney finished 43rd (27:26)

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