Tech Volleyball Unable to Overcome Hot-Hitting Bears|
Oct. 3, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Three Red Raiders knocked down 11 kills each, but it was not enough to overcome a hot-hitting Baylor squad in a 3-1 loss to the Bears Wednesday night in Waco.
With the defeat, Tech fell to 7-9 and 1-6 in Big 12 play. Baylor improved to 9-8 and 2-5 in conference matches.
Hitting proved to be the difference maker in Tech's eighth four-game match of the season Wednesday. The Bears outhit the Red Raiders .383 to .149 on the night, sparked in large part by Emily Sanders' 25 kills on .438 hitting.
Caroline Courtney, Michelle Flores and Alicia Ostmeyer paced Tech with 11 kills apiece to lead the way. For Flores, it marked the 13th match this year she has recorded double-digit kills. Brandi Hood chipped in nine kills and four blocks, while Amy Gandy recorded nine kills to go along with a team-best 15 digs. Emily Ziegler had 47 assists and seven digs from her setter position.
Baylor capitalized on a sluggish start from the Red Raiders in game one and raced out to a huge lead early on. Tech caught fire and made a big run to cut the deficit to 25-16, but it was too late as the Bears rallied to take the game 30-17.
Things could not have been any more different in the second game. The two in-state rivals went back and forth throughout the course of the game. An Ostmeyer kill gave the Red Raiders their first lead of the game at 22-21, before Baylor stormed back to take a two-point advantage and force a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Tech caught fire and took a two-point lead of its own before finally finishing with the 30-28 win.
A scorching hitting attack from Baylor proved to be the deciding factor in game three. The Bears hit .548 over the game to halt Tech's hopes of capturing any type of momentum. The Red Raiders mounted a couple of small runs, but Baylor cruised to the 30-20 win.
Game four was back and forth early on. The Bears jumped out to an early lead before Tech's Gandy nailed down a kill to even the score at nine. Baylor went on a 9-3 run, however, to go ahead 18-12 just over midway through. The Red Raiders responded with a 5-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to three, but the Bears' hot hitting proved to be too much once again as they took the 30-22 win to finish the match.
Sanders' 25 kills led the way for Baylor, while Ashlie Christenson nailed down 16 kills on .625 hitting. Taylor Barnes recorded a match-high 54 assists for the Bears.
Tech will stay on the road as it travels to Columbia, Mo. to battle the Missouri Tigers Saturday at 2 p.m.