Tech Wins in Five Over the Cyclones
Oct. 14, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech captured an exciting 3-2 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones in front of the home crowd on Saturday evening. Despite falling behind 2-1, the Red Raiders proved to be all but out of the match as they moved to a victory with scores of 24-30, 32-30, 27-30, 30-22, 17-15.
In game one, Tech fell behind early and never gained the lead despite two four-point runs. A late time out at 22-26 was not enough to pause Iowa State's momentum as the Cyclones went on to win 30-24.
Iowa State's energy carried over to game two as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Red Raiders slowly crept back into the game and earned their first tie at 21-all, which forced ISU into a timeout. Shortly after, Tech gained its first lead of the match at 24-23. The two Big 12 foes battled back and forth before the Red and Black scored two-consecutive points to win 32-30.
With both teams hitting well in the third frame, the game remained close throughout. Iowa State was ahead for much of the game with their best hitting of the night (.310). The won by a score of 30-27 to gain a 2-1 lead on the Red Raiders.
Tech was determined to battle back as they gained an early nine-point lead at 11-2. Following that, Iowa State went on a five-point run. Tech never let go of the lead as they accumulated their best hitting of the night with a .311 average. They cruised to a 30-22 win, sending the match to a fifth and deciding game.
Both teams proved to want the victory as the fifth game featured 10 ties and four lead changes. Iowa State called a timeout at 14-14 to stop a Tech two-point run. The Cyclones came out to earn their 15th point, but Tech pulled out all the stops to earn the next three points and the victory 17-15.
Philister Sang led the Red Raiders to their third Big 12 victory as she tallied a double-double with 24 kills and 12 digs. Amy Charlebois added 19 kills and 10 blocks (2 solo, 8 assisted). Emily Ziegler notched 49 assists, while Jenn Harrell and Amanda Hiller each tallied double-figure digs. Harrell led with 17 and Hiller added 10.
The Red Raiders will continue Big 12 play as they hit the road again next Wednesday. They will take on the Wildcats of Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas. For complete coverage, please visit www.texastech.com.