Tech Needs Five Again to Edge Lamar|
Sept. 1, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - For the second-consecutive match, Texas Tech went to five games to pick up a victory in the Saturday afternoon game of the Red Raider Round Up. The Red Raiders edged Lamar (3-3) 3-2 (30-25, 21-30, 30-21, 27-30 and 15-8) to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Michelle Flores recorded 15 kills on .345 hitting, while Amy Gandy and Alicia Ostmeyer each added 14 kills to lead TTU. Setter Emily Ziegler spread the offense with 54 assists to go along with 11 digs for her third double-double of the season.
Things looked promising early for the Red Raiders, as they took advantage of suspect passing from the Lady Cardinals and hot hitting from junior-transfer Amanda Sbragia to take a 30-25 win in game one.
Lamar came out strong in game two and jumped out to a three-point lead early. Tech failed to match the energy of the Lady Cardinals and found itself fighting from behind the entire game. Lamar took the game 21-30.
It was all TTU in the fourth game. The Red Raiders jumped out early to a three-point cushion before the Lady Cardinals fought back to within a point. Tech stormed back to take a 13-8 advantage and cruised the rest of the way to the 30-21 win.
Both teams came out determined to capture the momentum in the fourth game. It was Lamar that captured the momentum late in the contest and came out with the 30-27 win to force the deciding game five.
Game five, however, was all Red Raiders. They jumped out to an early 9-3 lead and never looked back to take the 15-8 win to finish the match.
Tech has a short rest before taking to the court for a showdown with SMU at 7 p.m.
Villanova vs. SMU
SMU came out firing early and eased to a 3-0 (30-24, 32-30 and 30-18 victory. Rachel Giubilato led the way with an 18 kill-12 dig double-double.