Techsters volleyball finally captures first WAC win

November 10, 2010

by Anna Claire Thomas, Staff Reporter

The Lady Techster volleyball team is looking to build on its first win in conference play going into Thursday night’s game on the road against Boise State.

The Techsters broke through with its first win in WAC play against San Jose State last Thursday in a four set thriller in the Thomas Assembly Center.

Kassia Pinto and Clara Vido both picked up double-doubles against the San Jose State Spartans, while Kara Jones recorded a season-high seven blocks.

“We’ve been working hard all season and we finally broke through tonight,” said Vido.

The Lady Techsters hit at a season-high .209 clip against conference opponents while setter Bianca Bin turned in her second 40-plus dig performance of the season.

With her 13 kills and a season-high seven blocks, senior Kara Jones becomes only the seventh active WAC student-athlete with 1,000-plus career points.

Jones said the team has been excited about conference play and getting to a new level of play as a team.

“We have been waiting for this part of the season for a long time and as long as we can keep starting fast, we can finish strong,” Jones said.

After notching their first conference win, the Techsters lost Saturday to Fresno State in three sets (22-25, 17-25, 18-25) despite 10 digs and eight kills from Jennifer Goodwin.

Th Techsters are looking to continue their winning ways, starting with a match at Boise State tonight on the road in Idaho.

Last time the Lady Techsters faced Boise State, the Broncos won in three competitive sets that gave the Techsters some confidence heading into the second half of the conference schedule.

Head coach Matt Sonnichsen said the games were all so close to going either way for either team.

“We didn’t win, but if you look at our other matches where we would have one good game then we would fall off,” Sonnichsen said.

“We were right there in every single game. The games were tight and we just didn’t find a way to finish.”

After Thursday’s game against Boise State, the Techsters will travel to Idaho to take on the Vandals Saturday night.

The Lady Techsters are led offensively by Kara Jones with 221 kills on the season and an average 2.63 kills per set.

Defensively, Lori Hunsucker leads the way for the Lady Techsters with 495 digs in 97 sets played.

The Techsters were close to a win last time they faced the Vandals, despite losing in straight sets.

The Vandals won by less than three points in two of the three sets, pushing the third set to a 26-24 score line.

Sonnichsen said his team will have to handle the environment that comes with playing on the road in order to have some success.

“It’s nice to play in front of our fans and play in front of family instead of being on the road where there is nobody in the stands that supports us,” Sonnichsen said.

The Techsters are coming off a successful home stand that saw them split a pair of games with San Jose State and Fresno State.

The Techsters return home Nov. 15 and 18 for the last two games of the regular season to face off against the Utah State Aggies and the Nevada Wolfpack in the Thomas Assembly Center, both starting at 7 p.m.

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