Errors Prove Costly As Cal State Northridge Sweeps Texas Tech
Don Flora and the Red Raiders were swept by Cal State Northridge Saturday morning.
Sept. 15, 2012
HOUSTON - Texas Tech hit a season-low .103 Saturday morning to pick up its second loss of the season as the Red Raiders fell, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-21), to Cal State Northridge at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The loss drops the Red Raiders to 11-2 on the year entering tonight's finale of the Rice Invitational against the host Owls. Cal State Northridge, meanwhile, guaranteed itself the tournament title as the Matadors (8-3) are a perfect 2-0 on the weekend with one match against winless Houston Baptist remaining.
"We've got to give Cal State Northridge plenty of credit for putting pressure on us," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "I truly believe this team can learn to handle this type of match. This experience will help this team grown and better in the future."
The Red Raiders had been held under a .200 hitting percentage only once previously this year - Aug. 25 at Boston College where Tech hit .182 as a team. Tech finished with just 33 kills while committing 21 attacking errors and nine serving miscues.
The offensive struggles set up Northridge to take advantage with a .260 hitting percentage of its own. Britney Graff and Mahina Haina led the Matadors with 10 and nine kills each while Sydney Gedryn posted 34 assists.
Lydia McKay boosted the Tech offense with 11 kills from the middle as the freshman also hit a team-high .308 with just three errors off 26 attacks. Aubree Piper also totaled six kills for the Red Raiders with Meghan Stacy adding five as well.
Northridge finished with a 49-36 advantage in digs as Cindy Ortiz scooped up a match-high 12 while Monica McFarland added 10. The Matadors also out-blocked Tech, 8-7, with Casey Hinger leading the way with a match-high five stuffs.
The Red Raiders and Owls are set for a 7 p.m. first serve this evening at Tudor Fieldhouse.