Volleyball looks to sweep WAC opponents

November 4, 2010

by Sarah Brown, Co-Sports Editor

After winning a 3-0 match in the Thomas Assembly Center Oct. 28, the Lady Techsters are looking for another refreshing home win Thursday and Saturday nights against Western Athletic Conference contenders San Jose State and Fresno State.

The Techsters started this season strong then hit a downward slope with several consecutive losses at home and on the road. 

For the first time since Sept. 18, they’re looking to revive the home crowd with wins. 

Despite the Techsters’ tough loss Saturday evening at Houston Baptist, assistant head coach Christy Stegall said they are ready for Thursday night’s match against San Jose State. 

“We played very well [and] made some great steps forward to get us prepared for the next WAC game,” Stegall said. “I think the next two games we can for sure win; our overall athletic ability is better than theirs.”

Stegall said she is excited about the upcoming competition the team will face in the TAC. 

“Head to head, we can take them on, and I’m excited to get them in our house to give them a little payback for when we were in theirs’,” Stegall said. “Each girl is stepping up, and each of us is falling into place. Once we get these teams back into our house, it’ll be a different thing.”

And by different thing, she means coming out on the winning (W) side. 

“I reassure them that we’re fighting hard, doing good things and if we continue to do those things, we’ll continue to come out on the W (winning) side rather than the L (losing) side the next time,” she said. “An athlete wants to win. It’s pretty self-explanatory when you tell them to kick some tail; it really motivates them.”

Although the Techsters faced some injuries in the beginning, they aren’t letting those slow them down from improving their record this season. 

“More and more, we’re working to get over these injuries and just fight for each and every win,” Stegall said. “I think that a lot of the girls have stepped up and filled places. “

Freshman outside hitter Clara Vido greatly contributed to the Techsters’ home win Thursday. She led the Techsters with 11 kills and recorded 15 digs.

“Clara did great; she was injured in the beginning of the season, and she’s been coming back stronger and stronger,” Stegall said. “I’m excited to see her come back full-blown.”

The Techsters will host the next two games against fellow WAC?contenders. 

They will face off against San Jose State Thursday at 7 p.m. before playing Fresno State Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games will be played in the TAC.

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