Central Arkansas Downs Texas Tech in 3-1 Victory
Lydia McKay led the Red Raiders with 11 kills in a 3-1 loss at Central Arkansas Tuesday.
Oct. 2, 2012
CONWAY, Ark. - Jessica Hays connected on 22 kills to lead four Central Arkansas players in double digits as the Sugar Bears defeated Texas Tech, 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 25-27, 25-18), Tuesday evening at the Prince Center.
The Red Raiders (11-8) struggled early against the Sugar Bears (17-1), who hit over .400 during the opening two sets. Central Arkansas quickly took the opening set before putting Tech in a hole it would not overcome with a six-point run to close the second frame after the Red Raiders led 23-19 late.
"Give Central Arkansas credit because their offense was tremendous," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We're learning how to finish games. We need to know how to prepare emotionally and finish emotionally and physically and that will be something we continue to work on."
In addition to her work offensively, Hays also frustrated the Red Raiders with five of UCA's eight aces, matching the most for a Tech opponent this season. Her 22 kills were one shy of the individual high for a Tech opponent this year as well.
Scout Brooks also recorded 13 kills for UCA while Alicia Dittrich and Jessica Nagy added 10 each as well. Marissa Collins dished 54 assists while posting 10 digs to finish with a double-double along with Brooks, who also had 11 digs of her own.
The Red Raiders struggled early offensively with a .067 hitting percentage in the opening frame that improved slightly the rest of the way as Tech finished with a .132 average.
Lydia McKay led Tech with 11 kills in the middle as the freshman reached double digits for the sixth time in her last eight matches. McKay also totaled a .458 hitting percentage as she failed to register an attacking error off 24 attempts.
McKay also notched a team-high four blocks for the Red Raiders, who were out-blocked 9-7 as a team. Miara Cave also dropped three blocks to go along with 10 kills from the right side.
Emily Ruetter matched Hays serving with all five of Tech's aces, marking the most for a Red Raider since Holly Hicks totaled seven against Stony Brook on Sept. 2, 2005. The freshman also dished 35 assists while digging seven balls as well.
The Red Raiders return to Big 12 play this Saturday as Tech hosts No. 22 Iowa Sate in an 11 a.m. match at the United Spirit Arena.