The Aggie volleyball team overcame a slow start in Ruston, LA. that saw them drop the first set 25-19 before rallying to take sets two, three and four by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-21. Junior right-side attacker Whitney Woods was virtually unstoppable as she finished with a career-high 22 kills on 33 swings with just three hitting errors, all coming in the final set. She finished with a .576 hitting percentage. "Woods was just tremendous. She saw the block well and they were kind of smaller over there and had a tough time dealing with her and Jennah [DeVries] located the ball well and we kept going to it," said Coach Jordan of his junior's performance in the match.
Outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens posted her best match of the season finishing with a .342 hitting percentage and an Aggie career high of 19 kills on 38 swings with just six hitting errors and added 13 kills for a double-double. "She's got such a golden arm, she hits it so hard. I was a little bit more proud of her in that she took a lot of good swings on some bad sets and didn't try to do too much with them."
With Louisiana Tech's defense focused on stopping the duo of Woods and Giddens, it opened things up for the Aggie middle hitters Erin Birmingham and Kelsey Brennan. Birmingham and Brennan finished with six and five kills respectively. "Once they started paying so much attention to trying to stop them we were able to go inside to Erin and it worked out real well for us."
Krista Altermatt recorded her first double-double of the season finishing with 10 kills and 15 digs. Kelsi Phillips finished with 15 digs for the Aggies in the libero spot.
The Aggies finished the match hitting .313 after hitting just .114 in the first set. The Aggies hit .361 in set two and were on fire in set three hitting .615 with 19 kills and just three attack errors. The Agies finished the match off hitting .243 in set four.
The Lady Techsters were led by Kassia Pinto who recorded 13 kills on 32 swings with just three attack errors for a .312 hitting percentage. Nataliya Panova recorded 11 kills on 28 swings with just three hitting errors for a .286 hitting percentage.
Up next for the Aggies are a pair of home matches against Nevada on Thursday night and No. 4 Hawai'i on Saturday night and Coach Jordan knows the Aggies can't look past Nevada on Thursday night. "We're their big game, they love competing with us." Coach Jordan urged fans to come out and support the team both nights, "We need big crowds, not just Saturday for Hawai'i but Thursday and Saturday. This team needs as much support as we can get."