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Summitt pushes Techsters to brink

October 16, 2014

 

Will Trahan
Staff Reporter

Head coach Tyler Summitt’s Lady Techsters were projected to finish seventh in Conference USA this season in a poll of its coaches. Senior Whitney Frazier was selected to the preseason all conference team–Photo by Donny J. Crowe

Head coach Tyler Summitt’s Lady Techsters were projected to finish seventh in Conference USA this season in a poll of its coaches. Senior Whitney Frazier was selected to the preseason all conference team –Photo by Donny J. Crowe

 

The Lady Techsters opened up preseason workouts Oct. 6.

 

Head coach Tyler Summitt addressed the media in his first press conference at Louisiana Tech since he was introduced.

 

The Lady Techsters have missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons.

 

“It has been a productive summer, but we still have a long way to go,” Summitt said.

 

Summitt started his team off in its first practice without a basketball and 20-pound weight vests on.

 

“I’m not sure the players love the 20-pound weight vest and no basketball in sight,” Summitt said. “The defense, the rebounding, the physicality, but it is a culture we have to instill.”

 

Summitt talked about how the teams that win championships focus on the defensive side of the ball.

 

“The sooner we buy into (the defense), the quicker we can start using a basketball,” Summitt said.

 

This Lady Techster team boasts five seniors who, along with their coach, are focused on winning a conference championship.

 

“We are expecting to compete at a high level this year,” Summitt said.

 

Senior Savanna Langston said she wants a conference championship in her last year playing.

 

The transition for players into Summitt’s system from the previous one has been  smooth.

 

“It was a little tough at first but he (Summitt) has said how important family is, and that is what it has been for me these past three years,” Langston said.

 

Summitt, 23, was asked how his young age has effected his relationship with his team.

 

“Being fresh out of my playing days has helped,” Summitt said. “I am not going to ask them to do something I have not. I went through the same stuff just a few years ago so I know what to expect.”

 

All the hype around Summitt and his system has Lady Techsters’ fans excited.

 

Season ticket sales are going fast and the players have noticed.

 

“When we go to the football games people come up to me every time and tell me how excited they are for this season,” Langston said.

 

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