Cornhuskers Down Red Raiders 3-0
Sept. 18, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team was defeated by the No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 3-0, Saturday night at the United Spirit Arena. Nebraska (7-1, 2-0) has now won 21 consecutive matches against Tech. The Red Raiders are now 5-3, 1-1 on the season.
Senior outside hitter Kelly Johnson led the Red Raiders with 8 kills. Batista finished the night with a match-high two service aces. Senior setter Laura Grote dished out 14 assists for Red Raiders.
In game one, neither team was able to take full control of the action. The teams stayed within two points of one another for most of the game. Then, with Tech trailing 18-19, the Huskers rattled off five straight points to take a 24-19 lead. After a side out, junior Batista served an ace and jump started Tech's comeback. The Red Raiders ran off five points of their own and knotted the score at 24-24. The rest of the game became a back-and-forth affair with Tech earning a game point at 29-28. Nebraska, however, won four of the next five points and took the game 32-30.
The Cornhuskers took the momentum they gained at the end of game one, and opened a big game-two lead. Poor passing by the Red Raiders and a strong blocking effort from Nebraska led to a 7-0 lead for the Huskers. Texas Tech would respond again and close the gap to three at 8-11. Nebraska answered with five straight points and took a 16-8 lead. The Cornhuskers continued to apply the pressure with their big block and strong hitting. Nebraska won the second game 30-23 and took a 2-0 lead into intermission.
Nebraska continued the blitz of aggressive blocking and hitting by winning 12 of the first 15 points of game three. Texas Tech would experience long scoring droughts and fall further behind the Huskers. The Red Raiders never recovered and Nebraska won the third game and match 30-11, 3-0, respectively.
Nebraska was led by freshman Sarah Pavan's 14 kills and .550 hitting percentage. Sophomore Christina Houghtelling finished with 11 kills for the Huskers while setter Dani Busboom had a match high 36 assists.
Texas Tech will next travel to Lawrence, Kan., to battle the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks Wed., Sept. 22 at the Horejsi Athletics Center. It will be the first of two consecutive road matches for the Red Raiders who will then travel to Ames, Iowa to play Iowa State.
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