- Staff Reporter
- Photo of outside hitter Carter Mirich courtesy of LA Tech Athletics
SAN ANTONIO – The Louisiana Tech volleyball team dropped its first Conference USA road match of the season to UTSA, falling 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18) on Friday.
Three Roadrunners finished with double-digit kills: Bianca Ejesieme (16), Kirby Smith (14) and Hannah Lopez (12). Kaitlyn Adams led the Lady Techsters with 11 kills while hitting .276.
“This was another tough match, because I felt we had opportunities, but you can’t go down 0-2 on the road,” said LA Tech head coach Amber McCray. “I’m proud of the fight we responded with in the last two sets, but ultimately we made too many mistakes to force a fifth set.”
UTSA opened the first set with a 7-2 spurt and held off multiple Tech rallies to win the frame 25-17. The Lady Techsters pulled within two points after a block from Laura Eheize and Carter Mirich made the score 7-5 and closed to 13-11 later in the frame when Emily Boylan and Elena Takova stuffed an attack, but the Roadrunners used two late runs to pull away for the win.
The second set provided more of the same, with the Lady Techsters hanging around before a late spurt gave the Roadrunners a 25-16 victory. Tech pulled within 10-8 after Boylan and Madeline Davis followed Morgan Currie’s ace with a block before the Roadrunners picked up kills in five of the final eight points en route to a commanding 2-0 lead
Tech rebounded after the early difficulties to take 5-1 and 10-3 leads in the third set. Mirich led the way with 3 kills in two early runs, which gave the Lady Techsters a lead they did not relinquish. UTSA pulled within two points when an attacking error made the score 11-9, but steady hitting from Adams over the back half of the set helped Tech pull out a 25-21 win.
The Roadrunners bounced back to take a back-and-forth final frame with another late run. Tech maintained one and two-point leads early in the stanza thanks to kills from Adams, Boylan, and Jordyn Carswell. UTSA pulled out the win after taking the lead midway through the frame with a four-point spurt and scoring five of the set’s final six points.
Louisiana Tech finished the match with eight blocks, including three each from Adams and Marie-Helene Verlinden. Currie led the back line with 14 digs.
The Lady Techsters will be back on the court Sunday when they visit UTEP at 1 p.m.
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Article sourced from provided press release.