Tech athletics take off at home

October 28, 2010

by Sarah Brown

Tech athletics has really taken off this year, particularly the Lady Techsters’ soccer team. They are 14-5 and 4-3 in conference play. Their 3-0 win over Hawaii this past weekend in Honolulu confirmed their spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament scheduled Nov. 4, 5 and 7 at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.

Idaho, San Jose State, Utah State and Boise State join the Techsters on their home turf. It’s the first time in school history that the Techsters will play beyond the regular season. Despite tough losses last season, the Techsters have turned their team around and are on fire. Their eyes are set on one thing: winning the WAC Tournament.

The Lady Techsters have gone beyond any Tech fan’s imagination. To do a complete 180 this year is amazing. Last year, Tech fans lost hope in the Techsters, as losses were the norm. This season? A loss is almost unheard of, as victories are celebrated most games. Fans have come out to support the Techsters at home games, and many will come from all over for the WAC Tournament. The cost is $5 for students, and the price covers the entire series. The adult fee is $10 all-session and $5 for a single session. Children 18 and under are admitted free.

The Tech community has been great to support not only soccer, but all home events as well. Volleyball attendance has picked up, along with the home football crowd. Though volleyball remains in the 100-200 home-crowd attendance, the positive support in the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday nights make it seem as if hundreds of people are there.

Students can compete over the biggest volleyball fan for a Papa John’s pizza as a reward.

Football has also seen incredible increases in fan size. The first home game against Navy, which had more than 23,000 fans in Joe Aillet Stadium, looked well-occupied on both sides. As home games have continued through the season, the Joe is looking better and sounding louder with the help of an energetic student section and proud Bulldog fans.

Well-known chants such as “How bout them Dawgs?” and “We are Bulldogs” can be heard at various times throughout the game. “Dance for Your Dinner” has become a favorite segment of Bulldog games, as well as “Maniac for a Caniac.”

After some students stuck through the downpour during the fourth quarter of the Red-Out game against Southern Miss game, they really showed what it truly means to be a Bulldog. Fans even described the event as an experience like no other.

Besides, how many people can say they stuck through rain in the fourth quarter of a Red-Out game at the Joe?

Students and the community have greatly shown support for Tech athletics. From students painting up and getting loud to families purchasing tickets to help support Tech athletics, the Ruston community is on fire about Tech.

The Lady Techsters will play for the first time ever in school history in the WAC?Tournament, which will be held on their home turf in Ruston. The community is highly encouraged to come out and support the Techsters as they compete against fellow WAC?rivals over the course of three days.

A plethora of home events will occur this coming week. The Bulldogs’ and Lady Techsters’ basketball teams open at home Tuesday night in the TAC. Women’s volleyball remains at home on Thursday. The baseball team is hosting a nine-day mini world series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and ends Nov. 6 .

So, fans, the question remains: Where are you?

Sarah Brown is a junior journalism major from Madisonville who serves as co-sports editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to sdb035@latech.edu.