- Staff Reporter
MOLBILE, Ala. – The Louisiana Tech volleyball team closed out its time at the South Alabama Invitational on Saturday with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20) win over Bethune-Cookman.
Jordyn Carswell led the Lady Techsters (9-4) with her second double-double of the season. The sophomore finished with 15 kills and a team-high 19 digs. Kaitlyn Adams added a match-high 18 kills with a .469 hitting percentage. Adams and Madeline Davis earned spots on the South Alabama Invitational All-Tournament team.
Tech also posted a season-best performance from the serving line in the win. The Lady Techsters finished with 12 aces, including four from Marie-Helene Verlinden.
“I’m proud of this team’s ability to win games in a variety of different lineups, because that means we have a number of players who can step up at any moment,” said LA Tech head coach Amber McCray. “Bethune made some scrappy plays that challenged our hitters, but when we kept our errors to a minimum we were able to make some runs that became the difference in the match.”
In the first set, a six-point run keyed by three aces from Verlinden proved to be the difference. The spurt gave the Lady Techsters a 12-6 lead they did not relinquish thanks in large part to Carswell. The sophomore was Tech’s MVP for the remainder of the frame, racking up six kills on ten attempts with no errors.
Carswell and the Techsters continued to hit well in the second set, posting a .333 hitting percentage in a 25-19 win. Though the Wildcats took a temporary lead midway through the frame, the outcome was never in doubt. Tech stormed back from the deficit with two kills from Madeline Davis and one from Kaitlyn Adams before making another run late in the set to win it.
After dropping the first two sets, Bethune-Cookman put together a strong third frame to avoid the sweep. The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-8 lead and held off a late Techster comeback to take the set 25-22.
Tech responded by closing out the win in the fourth set. Four Techsters contributed at least two kills in the frame as sophomore setter Abigail Hildenbrand distributed a balanced attack. Hildenbrand totaled a match-high 35 assists for Tech.
Up next, the Lady Techsters move into conference play. Tech hosts UAB on Sunday, Sept. 29 for its Conference USA opener.
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Article sourced from provided press release.