Kansas Sweeps Texas Tech to Open Big 12 Play
Lydia McKay (2) led Texas Tech with 11 kills in a 3-0 loss Saturday evening.
Sept. 22, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kansas totaled 14 blocks while hitting a season-high .371 en route to a 3-0 (25-16, 26-16, 25-15) victory over Texas Tech Saturday evening in both teams' Big 12 opener at the United Spirit Arena.
The loss marked Tech's fifth in its last eight matches after opening the year with eight consecutive victories. The Red Raiders (11-5; 0-1) have now lost five-straight conference openers with their last win coming in 2007.
"You have to give Kansas a lot of credit," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "They pressured us really well blocking wise but we've got compete on the left side a little bit better. The beauty of this program is that these young ladies have not shied away from hark work. We're going to raise the bar a little bit and work on some areas we need to address."
Kansas (13-2; 1-0) controlled the tempo from the beginning as the Jayhawks hit a match-high .400 in the opening set before finishing with just seven attacking errors on the night.
Caroline Jarmoc led the Jahawks with 11 kills while hitting .500 after totaling one error off 20 attempts. Sara McClinton and Catherine Carmichael both added nine kills as well for Kansas.
Jarmoc also finished with a match-high seven blocks, one more than Tiana Dockery and Tayler Tolefree as the Jayhawks controlled a 14-2 advantage in blocks over the Red Raiders. The Kansas block forced the Red Raiders into 24 attacking errors on the night as Tech finished with a season-worst .080 hitting percentage.
The match served as the first Big 12 contest for most of Tech's roster as seven of 12 players who saw action were making their conference debut.
"I think it was a little bit of an eye-opener," Flora said of his newcomers. "We're going to compete, though. This program is going to be built on it, and we're going to go fight and kick every day. It's not acceptable not to do that. I think our players will build on this and be better prepared next week."
Lydia McKay powered the Tech offense with 11 kills in the middle as the freshman also hit a team-high .409 with just two errors off 22 swings. Miara Cave and Aubree Piper also added six and five kills each as well.
Rachel Brummitt carried Tech defensively with 12 digs while Emily Ruetter recorded 31 assists and three digs from the setter position. The Red Raiders were also out-dug by the Jayhawks, 50-38, overall.
The Red Raiders will look to rebound Wednesday night when Tech continues Big 12 play at TCU. The match is slated for a 6:30 p.m. first serve in Fort Worth.