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Lady Techsters continue season in WAC tournament

May 10, 2012

 

Reina Kempt
Associate Sports Editor

 

Looking back at a tough season, all of the negativity from the past must go out the window as the Techster softball team fights for a chance to continue their softballseason in Las Cruces, N.M.

 

Las Cruces is the designated location for the 2012 softball Western Athletic Conference championship, and the Lady Techsters have officially been invited to attend for the sixth consecutive year.

 

The Techsters are one of only three teams to accomplish this feat.

 

The Techsters go into the tournament ranked sixth in the conference but with some notable wins to play off.

 

Last Saturday the Techsters handed third-ranked Fresno State its first home lost in conference play.

 

They have also upset No. 2 seed Brigham Young to split the series between them last month.

 

Despite any notable wins, head coach Sarah Dawson stressed how different playing in the tournament is than any one series.

 

“I’m glad that they’re not intimidated by ranked teams,” Dawson said. “That’s why we love this tournament. We get to play top notch teams like Hawaii. We have our work cut out for us.”

 

She said players seem to have some spunk about them; they anticipate getting another shot at playing nationally-ranked Hawaii.

 

The Techsters being swept by Hawaii is in the back of their mind but oddly it motivates them instead of making them retreat.

 

Junior infielder Melanie Goff admits that it’s always the goal to play the best team in the league.

 

“I’m very excited about maybe getting a chance to face Hawaii again and on neutral turf this time,” she said. “It will be a totally different ball game. I’m so ready.”

 

Junior infielder Michelle Jones said she feels the same way about getting a chance to redeem themselves against Hawaii’s Warriors.

 

Jones is the starting pitcher and will have to throw against some pretty aggressive offensive teams over the course of the tournament.

 

She said she looks to focus on stepping up and playing better defensively than she has in regular season play in order to have success well into the postseason.

 

As an upperclassman, Jones said she has to think about how to level a group of freshmen and sophomores from the pressures of such a big tournament.

 

“I just tell them about my past experiences at the tournament and try to settle their nerves,” Jones said.

 

“However, I do lay it all out there and tell them what’s at stake at this tournament. It is a big deal.”

 

Tech will have to conquer not only Hawaii but other strong teams like Fresno State and Brigham Young, both of which are the top two teams in the conference standings going into the tournament.

 

Past records show that it has been done before this season, the Techsters just have to strategize and do it try and make it happen.

 

The Lady Techsters’ games will be available to watch on Gametracker for all of the fans who would like to see them play.

 

For more information on Lady Techster softball and other Tech athletics, follow The Tech Talk sports twitter page at www.twitter.com/techtalksports.

 

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