Red Raider Volleyball Cages Bears, 3-1|
Oct. 14, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women's volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory tonight against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. Behind a season-high hitting percentage and a balanced defensive effort, the Red Raiders get back to .500 on the season (7-7, 3-5 Big 12) and move ahead of the Bears (9-9, 3-6 Big 12) in conference standings.
The Red Raiders dominated the stat sheet with several season-high performances. Tech got stronger each game and finished the match with a season-high .278 hitting percentage compared to Baylor's .175. Defensively, the Red Raiders out-dug the Bears by 11, 64-53. At the net, Tech finished with 27 total blocks compared to the 17 total blocks by their opponent. From the service line, Tech served 14 aces, the second-most of its season behind the 15 it posted against San Diego State in the first match of the year.
In game one, the two Big 12 rivals stayed closed with neither team gaining a big lead. With the score tied at 7, the Red Raiders made their first big push of the match with a 6-1 run to seize control of the game 13-8. The Bears responded with a run of their own to tie the match at 17 on a kill by sophomore Desiree Guilliard-Young. The two teams traded kills and points to knot the score at 27. Baylor closed out the Raiders on a Kiley Lyons' error to take the game 30-28. The Bears hit a sizzling .433 in the game.
Tech reversed its fortunes early in game two and jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to halt any momentum the Bears had gained from its game-one win. Baylor refused to go away quietly and closed the gap to three and trailed 13-10 before the Red Raider block nodded its head. Junior Brianna Florus was a part of three consecutive blocks to stretch the lead back to six at 16-10. Kills by freshman Amy Charlebois and senior Kelly Johnson widened the Tech lead to 18-10. The Bears used one last rush to get back into the game and pulled within one at 22-21 on a kill by junior Adeline Meira. The Red Raiders stepped up and regained control of the game. An ace by Johnson gave Tech the game 30-24, and pulled the match back even at one game apiece.
Following intermission, Tech used a combination of strong hitting and dominating defensive play to take control of game three. With the score knotted at 2, the Red Raiders went on at 16-5 run, including a six-point serving stretch by Lyons, to take a 18-7 lead. Tech took its largest lead of the game at 24-12 on a block by Florus and Charlebois. The rest of the game saw both teams trade points with Tech ending the game 30-18 on a block by Florus. The Red Raiders hit a strong .308 while holding Baylor to a .023 hitting efficiency.
Neither team was able to pull away from the other at the beginning of game four. Baylor was only able to gain a two-point lead over the Raiders before Tech tied the score at 10. The Bears were able to edge ahead with a 4-0 run, including 2 service aces by junior setter Emily Huston, to lead 14-10. Tech regained its composure and pulled even with the Bears at 18 on a block by Florus and Lyons. At this point, the Raiders smelled blood and went in for the kill. Behind a 6-2 run, highlighted by a four-serve stretch by Charlebois, took a 24-20 lead. Baylor's final push pulled them to within one at 25-24 after a Guilliard-Young kill forcing a Tech timeout. Following the timeout, Tech got a kill from Johnson to regain control at 26-24. The Red Raiders closed out the game 30-27 and the match on a kill by Lyons. Tech finished the game with a .342 hitting percentage.
Three Red Raiders recorded double-doubles in the match. Johnson finished with 21 kills and 13 digs, making it her third 20-kill match of the season. Lyons tied her season-high with 19 kills and recorded 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Senior setter Laura Grote dished out season-high 53 assists and had 10 digs for the last of the Red Raider double-doubles. Junior Desiree Batista also recorded double-digit digs with 12. Florus led the Raider blocking charge with a season-high 10 blocks.
Baylor had three players find the double-digit arean. Junior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs led the Bears with 12 kills. Guilliard-Young and Meira both had 11 kills for their team. Freshman Kristen Schramek led the defensive effort for Baylor with 18 digs, followed by 13 digs from junior Stella Odion.
The Red Raiders will return home for a match up against the Kansas State Wildcats on Sat., Oct. 16, at the United Spirit Arena. The match will begin at 7 p.m., while the Lady Raider basketball team will be on hand during the game to sign autographs in the foyer of the arena for the first two games of the match.