The Lady Techsters volleyball squad has been plagued with many injuries in their journey to become a better team.
Three games into conference play and the Techsters are looking to win their first game against Utah State (8-5) at 7 p.m. tonight at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Even though the squad’s record isn’t appealing (3-12), their attitude reflects a totally different mood. The Techsters are aware that with many key players injured will come tough times to push through. But their mental toughness is what will get them prepared for even tougher times when they become a healthy team and ready to compete junior middle blocker Emily Maher said head coach Adriano de Souza is preparing them for long term success and not just quick wins.
“Coach is really teaching us a new way of playing,” Maher said. “In the long run we’re going to be more successful, but right now it takes time to build a new team because that’s exactly what we’re doing, building. But I think we’re doing well learning-wise.”
Playing against Utah State will be a learning experience for the Techsters as well but this could be the turnaround they need to charge their confidence during the most important part of the season.
Freshman outside hitter Fenix Calderon said her teammates have helped her prepare for the big stage. She said she doesn’t worry about who they are playing because she knows they are all in this together.
“We came together and they motivate me to be better,” Calderon said. “I’ve learned to have confidence in myself and all my teammates have given me some words of wisdom.”
Tech’s record prior to conference play means absolutely nothing if they can win enough games to make it to the conference tournament.
Tech’s first step to the Western Athletic Conference title is to get past a more experienced team. Utah State succeeds in two areas on the court that stands out – their number of errors and their number of blocks compared to their opponents this season.
As a junior, Maher knows what types of challenges lay ahead while going into conference. As an upperclassman she knows what to tell her “newbies” about getting through this rough patch.
“I just tell the freshmen to stay confident and trust yourself because these teams are stronger and bigger,” Maher said. “You just have to trust your ability to play and know that you can hold your own against them.”
For Techster fans who can’t make it to the Thomas Assembly Center tonight can watch the game on Gametracker by going to www.latechsports.com/allaccess.
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