LA Tech Athletics Weekend Roundup

LA Tech tennis defeated SFA 7-0 Saturday. (photo by Kane McGuire)

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

LA Tech 7, Stephen F. Austin 0

Louisiana Tech had a strong showing in its home opener on Saturday morning, shutting out Stephen F. Austin by a score of 7-0 at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.

LA Tech (3-1) lost only one set the entire day, clinching the doubles point on courts one and three and then sweeping all six singles courts with only one going to a third set.

“It was a solid win for our home opener,” said Tech head coach Amanda Stone. “It was not our best, prettiest tennis, but I am proud that our team found a way to win on all the courts. It is always great to win at home in front of our fans. This team has a lot of fight and we showed that today.”

Leonie Schuknecht (7-5, 7-6), Olga Bienzobas (6-4, 6-4), Najah Dawson (3-6, 6-4, 6-4), Tiffani Nash (6-4, 6-1), Alexia Romero (7-6, 7-5) and Ilana Tetruashvili (6-3, 6-3) all picked up singles wins.

With the 7-0 victory, LA Tech has now won eight of the last nine meetings versus Stephen F. Austin, and it marked the third career shutout for LA Tech against SFA (first since 2019).

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Bowling Claims Title

The Louisiana Tech women’s bowling head home from the Jackson State-hosted Sonic Boom Invitational with the champion title on Sunday afternoon.

“We did not bowl to our capability this weekend and is a little disappointing after our performance at the last event,” said head coach Matt Nantais. “Shot-making and spare shooting at times were nonexistent. We did end up, figuring it out and came away with the tournament championship but we need to be better than we were this weekend if we want to be in the postseason.”

Lindsay Manning and Allie Leiendecker both earned their way onto the All-Tournament team.

DAY 1
LA Tech began the tournament with five Baker matches on Friday morning. The Lady Techsters led off the day with a 1,021-709 win over Grambling. In match two, Tech was faced up against Alabama State, where they won 949-872. LA Tech then went into a bye match and racked in 1,006 pins to add to their total. The Lady Techsters defeated Jackson State 997-879 in match four followed by their fifth win over UAB 997-923 to give them 4,914 total pins on day one. 

DAY 2
Heading into traditional play on day two, the Lady Techsters started with a 997-930 victory over UAB before defeating Jackson State 973-966. In a bye match, LA Tech collected 1,142 pins before falling 990-959 to Alabama State. The Lady Techsters finished the day with a 9930-766 win over Grambling with give them the No.1 seed with 9,977 total pins in two days. 

DAY 3
Day three started a bit rocky with a hard 4-3 loss to UAB, but the Lady Techsters fought back to defeat Alabama State 4-1. In the championship match against UAB, Tech came in ready to fight. Tech didn’t give up and came out on top 4.5-2.5 to claim the title.  
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Track and Field

The Louisiana Tech men’s and women’s Track & Field team had an all-around dominant performance Sunday at the KMS Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. LA Tech won eight events, posted 18 combined podium finishes, and set 14 personal bests on the day. 

In the field events, Nemoy Cockett got Tech started by winning the men’s weight throw with a launch of 17.76m (58′ 3.25”). Next, Jiana Stewartburgess followed suit by taking first place in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.65m (5′ 5”) on her final attempt. Finally, Mateo Smith earned first place comfortably in the men’s long jump with a jump of 6.97m (22′ 10.5”). 

LA Tech Athlete Field Event Results

High Jump | Women’s
Jiana Stewartburgess (1st) | 1.65m (5′ 5”)
Johannon Murray (4th) | 1.6m (5′ 3”)

Triple Jump | Women’s 
Tia Reder (5th) | 10.98m (36′ 0.25”)

Long Jump | Women’s
DaLoria Boone (3rd) | 5.51m (18′ 1”)
Pleasant Harris (5th) | 5.43m (17′ 9.75”)
Tia Reder (6th) | 5.42m (17′ 9.5”)
Leah Ellis (7th) | 5.39m (17′ 8.25”)

Long Jump | Men’s 
Mateo Smith (1st) | 6.97m (22′ 10.5”)

Pole Vault | Women’s
Macy McLean (2nd) | 3.2m (10′ 6”)

Pole Vault | Men’s 
Hunter Clayton (7th) | 3.8m (12′ 5.5”)

Weight Throw | Women’s 
Elizabeth Sebera (3rd) | 15.85m (52′ 0”)
Shania Parkinson (4th) | 15.74m (51′ 7.75”) PR

Weight Throw | Men’s 
Nemoy Cockett (1st) | 17.76m (58′ 3.25”)

Shot Put | Women’s
Shania Parkinson (3rd) | 12.53m (41′ 1.5”)
Natalie Moten (5th) | 11.93m (39′ 1.75”)
Johannon Murray (6th) | 10.89m (35′ 8.75”)
Leah Ellis (8th) | 10.29m (33.9.25”)

Shot Put | Men’s
Nemoy Cockett (4th) | 13.16m (43′ 2.25”)
Wilson Yates (13th) | 11.36m (37′ 3.25”)

LA Tech Athlete Running Event Results

60m Prelims | Women’s
DaLoria Boone | 7.78 Q
Chanel Honeywell | 7.96 Q

60m Semis | Women’s
DaLoria Boone | 7.77 Q
Chanel Honeywell | 8.04

60m Finals | Women’s
DaLoria Boone (1st) 7.73

60m Prelims | Men’s
Rodney Heath Jr. | 6.82 Q
Karo Oghomi | 6.86 Q
Gerard Sapena | 6.88 Q
Marshall Ellis | 6.88 Q
Mateo Smith | 6.90 Q
Devin Walton | 6.96 Q

60m Semis | Men’s
Rodney Heath Jr. | 6.79 Q
Gerard Sapena | 6.84 Q PR
Marshall Ellis | 6.85 Q PR
Karo Oghomi | 6.88 Q PR
Mateo Smith | 6.90 Q PR
Devin Walton | 6.92 Q PR

60m Finals | Men’s
Marshall Ellis (1st) | 6.78 PR
Gerard Sapena (2nd) | 6.80 PR
Devin Walton (3rd) | 6.84 PR
Karo Oghomi (4th) | 6.86

400m | Women’s
Faith Tarver (3rd) | 58.14
Nariah Parks (5th) | 59.13

400m | Men’s
Laeden Tucker (1st) | 49.77
Micah Pernetter (6th) | 51.70 PR

60m H Prelims | Women’s
Kayla Watson | 8.70 Q PR
Nike Praetzel | 9.20 Q
Leah Ellis | 9.49 Q

60m H Finals | Women’s
Kayla Watson (1st) | 8.51 PR
Leah Ellis (4th) | 9.13 PR
Nike Praetzel (5th) | 9.15

60m H Prelims | Men’s
Urijah Williams | 8.30 PR

60m H Finals | Men’s
Urijah Williams (3rd) | 8.41

800m | Women’s
Victoria Datta (1st) | 2:23.32

800m | Men’s
Logan Bailey (15th) | 2:07.31

3000m | Women’s
Jacquelin LaBerteaux (8th) | 11:52.16
Lexa Thompson (11th) | 12:15.82

3000m | Men’s
Jacob Paulk (17th) | 10:29.02

Women’s 4×400 Relay
LA Tech (2nd) | Nariah Parks, Faith Tarver, Ulanda Lewis, Chanel Honeywell | 3:56.86

Men’s 4×400 Relay
LA Tech (3rd) | Laeden Tucker, Micah Pernetter, Rodney Heath Jr., Marshall Ellis | 3:21.93

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Middle Tennessee 68, Bulldogs 51

Louisiana Tech could not make it two straight games of overcoming double-digit deficits, falling to a hot-shooting Middle Tennessee by a score of 68-51 on Saturday afternoon inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

LA Tech (11-9, 4-5 C-USA) had one of its worst offensive performances of the season, coughing the ball up 15 times and making just three of its 21 three-point attempts. Meanwhile, MTSU (13-7, 6-3 C-USA) was efficient at all three offensive levels, shooting 52.1 percent from the field while sinking 11 triples (second most this season).

“We did not play together today,” said Tech head coach Talvin Hester. “I thought our problems were on the offensive end of the court. Early in the game, I thought we were playing 1-on-1 basketball. We were not moving the ball, we were not sharing it, which I thought affected our defense.

“We scored 24 points in the first half. We got down and started hanging our heads. In the second half, I thought our defense was better, holding them to 25 points. But, we dug a hole we could not get out of. We only had three assists and had 15 turnovers. That is not a winning recipe.”

Middle Tennessee led 43-24 at the half and Tech got no closer than 13 points in the second half.

Cobe Williams was the only Bulldog in double figures with 22 points. Elias King, who had 17 off the bench, anchored the Blue Raiders.

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Middle Tennessee 68, Lady Techsters 50

Louisiana Tech played championship-level basketball in hostile territory for the majority of the Saturday afternoon’s contest at Middle Tennessee. However, the Blue Raiders bookend the first and last five minutes of the game to pull away and extend the fourth-longest winning streak in the country to 14 games, winning 68-50.

Middle Tennessee (16-2, 9-0 C-USA) got off on a 10-0 start while holding LA Tech (11-8, 4-5 C-USA) and then closed the game on a 16-2 run to turn a close contest — one that Tech led 38-37 entering the fourth quarter — into a lopsided final score.

“I’m proud of the way we competed,” said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We weren’t happy with the way we competed Thursday, and I thought we showed some toughness today. The last five minutes was disappointing after defending so well for the first three quarters.

“They put a lot of pressure on you with the way they shoot the three. I thought their big was as good as she’s been all year. We answered every run they had up to that point. They’re a good team. We will continue to get healthy and build on what we did today.”

Keiunna Walker led Tech with 14 points, her 13th straight game in double figures while passing Pam Gant for 14th place on the all-time scoring list. Amaya Brannon added 10 points in the loss.

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