Wichita State Surprises Tech, 3-1
Sept. 3, 2004
San Diego, Calif. - The Texas Tech volleyball team loses to Wichita State 3-1 at the Peterson Gym in San Diego, Calif. This is the first time in 27 years the Shockers have defeated Tech in five tries. Wichita State was lead by Darci Vohs and Sara Lungen with nine kills each.
Junior Desiree Batista led the Red Raiders with 10 kills, four aces and four digs. This is Batista's second consecutive game with four or more aces, after finishing the team's first match of the season with six. Senior Kelly Johnson tallied 10 kills, one ace and four digs in the losing effort.
The Wichita State Shockers started the game one off with a vengeance after dropping their first tournament match to UC-Santa Barbara 3-1. The Shockers started the game off with four blocks from their front row and two aces from Wichita State senior Sara Younes to take the lead 7-2 over the Red Raiders. Behind the arms of senior Kelly Johnson and junior Desiree Batista, who combined for 10 kills in the early part of game one, Tech came within two at 18-16. The two teams went back-and-forth for 11-points before Wichita State went on a three-point run to lead the game 28-25. Tech then ignited for a late game surge behind a Johnson kill to bring the game within one at 28-27. Batista followed with an ace to tie the game at 28-28. Tech sealed the deal behind sophomore Nina Miller who teamed up with Johnson for one block, then senior Laura Grote for the second consecutive block to closeout the match at 30-28.
Both teams picked up the second game right where the left off, trading points until 5-5. Wichita State then went on a five-point run behind the tough serves of the Shocker's Lara Geer to open its lead to 5-11. The Red Raiders rallied to bring the game within reach, gaining one or two points along the way to bring the game to 11-19. Then stepped in Batista. Batista began Tech's first surge at 12-19, serving five-straight points to bring Tech within three at 16-19. The Red Raiders were unable to get any closer than three-points the whole game. The Shockers would maintain the lead throughout the stretch, weathering a late-game charge by Tech, taking game two 30-27.
The Shockers started the third-game off with another storm of points. Wichita State took an early 10-5 lead behind the arms of junior Darci Vohs who opened the game with two-straight kills. Tech would trade kills and service errors with the Shockers before gaining ground on Wichita State's lead, bringing the game to 13-17. Four points would be the closet Tech would get all game, as Wichita State would take game three 30-21, behind a strong .452 hitting percentage.
Game four, the Shockers would begin with an early four-point run followed by a five-point run to lead the game 13-5. Wichita State would continue to increase their lead to 23-11, before taking game four and the match 30-19, 3-1 respectively.
The Red Raiders move to 1-1 on the year and will take on the Gauchos of UC-Santa Barbara (1-0) tomorrow at 12 p.m. No.16 UCSB will take on the Red Raiders for the fourth time in the two teams history, with UCSB leading the series 3-0. The Gauchos are the defending Big West Conference Champions and are picked to three-peat in 2004.
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