Red Raider Volleyball Downs Iowa State 3-1
Sept. 26, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Tallying its first Big 12 road win of the season, the Texas Tech volleyball team downed Iowa State (7-4, 1-3 Big 12) 3-1 behind an explosive defensive effort. The Red Raiders (6-4, 2-2 Big 12), led by senior Kelly Johnson with her second double-double of the season, held the Cyclones to a .098 attack percentage on the match.
Senior Laura Grote, sophomore Kiley Lyons and Johnson all tallied double-doubles for the match, while four Red Raiders in all cleaned the floors on defense to post two-digit performances. Johnson posted her first 20-kill match of the season, while almost mirroring the effort in digs with 19, to lead the Red Raiders past a Cyclone team that is ranked fourth in the Big 12 in digs per-game. Grote dished-out 29 assists on the night, while adding a personal and team season high 20 digs in the winning matter. Completing the double-double trio was Lyons contributing 11 kills and 17 digs for the Red and Black, her second double-double on the season. Tech's final spark on defense was junior Desiree Batista with 17 digs, while closing in on double-digit kills with 8.
The Red Raiders remained tough on the service line and at the net posting five aces and 64 kills versus the Cyclones 5 aces and 59 kills. While the Red Raider offensive attack was moving on all cylinders behind a .205 attack percentage, it would be the Red Raiders defense that would prove to be the spark that ignited the Red Raiders to victory. The Red Raiders totaled 99 digs on the night, burying the previous team high 74 digs sets against Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders took the first game from ISU 30-28, before the Cyclones returned the favor in game two with a 30-28 come back. Tech took command of the match after intermission winning the following games 30-27 and 30-22. The Red Raiders' dominance in the final game, silencing the Cyclones chances of taking it to five, was due to the team's .333 attack percentage versus a .087 of the Cyclones in game four.
The Cyclones stayed true to their position as one of the best defensive teams in the conference posting 102 digs on the night. ISU would again for the second-straight match loss the statistical battle with its opponent, only edging out Tech in digs 102-99, while being out hit 64-59 and out-blocked 14-8. Katie Jessen, Ashlie McWee and Brittany Dalager who all three posted double-digit kills led Iowa State in the losing effort. Jessen led all hitters with 17 kills and 10 digs, turning in one of three double-doubles performances for the Cyclones. Dalager would claim the Cyclones second double-double with 11 kills and 26 digs followed by Amanda Craig with 46 assists and 15 digs.
The Red Raiders will return to action at home against Colorado on Wed., Sept 29, at 7 p.m. The match has been moved to the Frenship High School gym due to a scheduled concert at the United Spirit Arena. Free transportation will be available for students to Frenship High School on Wednesday with buses leaving from the Student Union at 6 p.m. and returning following the match. Free t-shirts will be given out to everyone who participates in the free-ride program.
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