ARLINGTON, Texas - Less than 24 hours removed from an upsetting 3-2 loss to Texas-Arlington, the Abilene Christian volleyball team got the best of Louisiana Tech in a five-set, see-saw battle for its first victory as a NCAA D-I program Saturday morning at the UTA Invitational.
Both teams are now 1-1 on the season and have one more match left to play this weekend. ACU will battle Grambling State later today at 4:30 p.m., while the Bulldogs will face the host Mavericks.
ACU clobbered Tech in sets one and three by scores of 25-6 and 25-17, but the Bulldogs bested ACU in set two, 25-20, and again in set four, 25-15, to push the match into a decisive fifth game.
The Wildcats took the lead for good in game five thanks to an early 5-0 run that included kills by Neely Borger, Madison Hoover, Jennie Loerch and Sarah Siemens. ACU then pushed its lead to seven at 13-6 on back-to-back kills from Corrie Reeder.
Tech trimmed its deficit to 13-10 following an attack error by ACU freshman Dorothy Swanson, but the Wildcats soon benefited from a Bulldog service error and then Jennie Loerch clinched the victory with her 15th and final kill of the day.
Loerch finished with a .375 hitting percentage and 18 points as she made just three errors on 32 attempts. She also had a hand in six of the team's 12 blocks.
Freshman Lexi Mercier (.600) had an excellent match as well with 15.5 points coming off 11 kills and nine block assists.
Siemens tossed up 37 assists and Hoover dug out 14 attacks as Tech was held to a .143 hitting percentage.
Rebecca Redgen and Xzache Mathis paced the Bulldogs' offense with 16.5 and 16.0 points, respectively.
ACU hit .230 as a team as five players hit .300 or better.