Techsters tie school record

October 29, 2009

by Sarah Brown

The volleyball team swept Fresno State Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center, with the final scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-20.

The Techsters tied the program record for wins in a season for the Western Athletic Conference with four after sweeping Fresno State.

Head coach Matt Sonnichsen said he was proud of the Lady Techsters.

“They were steady, consistent and played with great focus tonight against another very good West Coast volleyball team,” he said. “Fresno State is synonymous with volleyball and for our kids to play at the level that they did was fun to watch.”
Sonnichsen commended Jennifer Goodwin and Kassia Pinto, two left side hitters, for their plays.

“They did a wonderful job,” he said. “Their consistent attacking on the left side really freed up our middle and right side hitters to get good swings on the ball.”

The Techsters trailed during the first set 3-0 but came back strong with a 7-0 run. Fresno State did not come back on top, as Tech won the set 25-16. KC Clayton, a senior Techster, led all Techsters by recording five of her nine kills in the match.

The second set was full of momentum from the first as the Techsters never trailed. The Techsters led 15-13 at one point and a kill by Techster Nataliya Panova sparked a 7-0 run as the Techsters pulled a 25-16 win. Three kills in the set gave Kara Jones the lead for Tech.

The third set had eight tie scores and three lead changes.

Clayton started a 5-0 run for the Techsters, breaking the 13-13 tie. Once ahead 18-13, the Techsters took the set 25-20, winning the match.

Jones had one assisted block in the match as well as two solo blocks. She leads the WAC with 25 for the season.

Clayton had a .400 hitting percentage and nine kills. Panova led Tech with 12 digs.
Sonnichsen said the team improved after the past two games at Hawaii and San Jose State.

“We had a challenging week last week with trips to Hawaii and San Jose,” he said. “I know our team was still trying to get their feet underneath them after the crazy travel schedule, so to be able to defend our home court for two WAC matches this week is a nice sign of the overall improvement of the program.”

The Techsters will travel to Logan, Utah on Oct. 29 for a match against Utah State. Tech won the previous meeting in Ruston 3-2.