No. 16 Iowa State Spoils Texas Tech's Big 12 Opener
Amanda Dowdy led Tech with 10 kills and 10 digs Saturday.
Sept. 24, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Iowa State snapped Texas Tech's 13-match winning streak Saturday afternoon as the 16th-ranked Cyclones took a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-16) victory in the Red Raiders' Big 12 opener at the United Spirit Arena.
The loss was Tech's first since its season opener at TCU as the Red Raiders were in the midst of its longest run since the 1996 season.
Iowa State put the halt to Tech's streak early, though, forcing Tech into 11 errors in the first set alone and 22 in the match. The Red Raiders finished with a .049 hitting percentage, its lowest total all season.
"In the big picture, I liked our effort today," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We kept our eyes and ears on the right things, and we honestly played a really good team. They received well, they defended at a high level, and they kept the pressure on us, so I'm really proud of what we did. I hate losing, but that's a good test for us."
While Tech struggled from the field, Iowa State was accurate throughout the match, posting a .277 hitting percentage, the highest average for any Tech opponent this year.
Carly Jenson led the Cyclones with 16 kills while Hannah Willms added 10 of her own as the duo combined for only seven errors on 63 attempts.
Despite the score, Tech had a few opportunities early. After dropping the first set, Tech came close to tying the match as the Red Raiders forced an Iowa State timeout after their 4-0 run pulled the set even at 10 points apiece.
The Cyclones took back the momentum, though, eventually winning the set backed by a 15-8 run to close the frame. Iowa State hit a match-high .306 over the second set, giving Tech little room for error.
Amanda Dowdy led Tech with a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs, marking her 12th double-double of the season and 25th for her career.
The Cyclones kept the Tech off-balanced with a 9-6 block advantage in the match, marking only the second time the Red Raiders had been outblocked all season. Miara Cave added six kills for the Red Raiders while Aubree Piper posted five of her own and a .250 hitting percentage.
The Red Raiders have only a day to recover as Tech is back in action Monday night in a non-conference match at New Mexico. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT) in Albuquerque.
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