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Techsters digging for conference win

October 17, 2011
Photo by Kyle Kight

The Lady Techster volleyball team is getting ready to return to action in the Thomas Assembly Center today against San Jose State. The match is set to start at 7 p.m. The Techsters will then face off against Hawai’i on Friday. – Photo by Kyle Kight

REINA KEMPT
Sports Reporter

The Lady Techsters volleyball squad have been struggling in conference play, but they refuse to give up easily.

As the Techsters are without a win in conference, they look to get their first win against a notable team. They go up against Hawaii at 7 p.m. Friday at the Thomas Assembly

Center. Hawaii is ranked 8th in the nation and are the only nationally ranked team in the conference.

This is only seen as a chance to make their first win the most important for this Techster squad.

Another motivation is that a key player will be returning to the floor for this game.

Junior libero Stephany Salas has played sparingly in conference games due to a knee injury.

Salas is an essential part of the team, especially in recording digs for the Techsters. She averages 5.12 digs per game, which ranks her first in the WAC in that category. She said she wants to be the best and will not settle for anything else.

“I’m really a competitive person, I always want to be the best,” Salas said. “I want to be the best libero and I want to be better than the other team.”

Salas said she knows how much pressure it is for her to come back as a big part of the team but she’s up for the challenge.

“The team depends on me, too, because if I don’t pass well then Bianca Bin can’t set and the hitters can’t hit,” Salas said. “My position is really important so I have a lot of pressure, but this is natural for me. I have been playing since I was four years old.”

Salas also understands that as an experienced player, losses can affect the mindsets of the freshman. She said the worst thing that can happen is for the players to lose confidence and that it is imperative to keep the team levelheaded.

“It’s always mental,” Salas said. “The older players try to keep it together.

On the bench we try to keep it positive. Each girl has to come prepared to practice and to games.”

Salas said she is eager to get back out and play with her team but knows that her health is more important, but she will be ready for the biggest game of conference play.

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