Volleyball Loses 3-0 To Jayhawks|
Sept. 22, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's volleyball team could not match the intensity of the No.21 Kansas Jayhawks, losing the match 3-0 in front of 808 Jayhawk fans at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center today. Kansas has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
The Red Raiders were led by freshman Amy Charlebois with 10 kills on a .286 hitting percentage. Sophomore Nina Miller tossed in six kills, on a .400 hitting percentage, in the losing effort. Tech tallied another four aces on the match, with Charlebois taking credit for two and junior Desiree Batista and freshman Emily Ziegler each tallying one.
In front of a hostile crowd, the Red Raiders started out game one with a 5-0 run to stun the Jayhawk fans. Two kills, by Charlebois and sophomore Nina Miller, combined with three Kansas attack errors led to Tech's early lead. Kansas began an offensive explosion of its own to come back and tie the game at 9-9. The Red Raiders would then fall victim to Kansas' strong block that would shut-down the Red Raiders three times within the next seven points. Kansas would remain ahead for the remainder of the game to take game one 30-24.
In game two, the Lady Raiders kept the Jayhawks within arms length, as they kept the game close at 6-4, Kansas lead. Tech would rally back behind an ace by Charlebois, and two hitting errors by Kansas' Josi Lima, to tie the game at 9-9. Kansas then rolled out eight points versus Tech's five to take command of the game at 17-14, answering the Red Raider offensive attack. The Jayhawks would continue to keep the Red Raiders at bay, taking game two 30-23.
The Jayhawks came out sluggish out of intermission, trading points with the Red Raider until 15-14, KU lead. It would then be all Kansas for the rest of the match. The Jayhawks continued to not allow the Red Raiders any breathing room, as they pushed the lead to 26-18. Kansas' strong play at the net would prove too much for the Red Raiders who would fall in game three 30-20, losing the match 3-0.
The Jayhawks were led by Lima with 14 kills and 14 digs to post the Jayhawks only double-double on the night. The Jayhawks, who entered the game ranked second as a team in blocking, out-blocked the Red Raiders 22-20. The stellar play by KU's Ashley Michaels with 13 kills and seven blocks also proved to give the Jayhawks the needed edge to sweep the Red Raiders at home. It would be the lopsided back-row play of the Jayhawks who posted 71 digs to the Red Raiders 37, proving to be the game breaker for Tech.
Ku moves to 10-1, 1-1 Big 12, while moving the Red Raiders to 5-4, 1-2 Big 12.
Texas Tech will next travel to Ames, Iowa, to battle the Iowa State Cyclones Sat., Sept. 25 at the Hilton Coliseum. The match against the Cyclones will wrap-up a two-match road trip for the Red Raiders before they return home for a match against Colorado Wed., Sept. 29.