Johnson's Effort Not Enough to Defeat Kansas State, Tech Loses 3-0|
Oct. 16, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Tech was unable to tally its second Big 12 home-win tonight as the Kansas State Wildcats downed the Texas Tech volleyball team 3-0 at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Senior Kelly Johnson posted double digit kills with 14 in the Red Raiders loss against the 16th-ranked team in the nation.
The Red Raider defense held its own with 48 digs, but no one player took control from the back line as nine Red Raiders picked up three or more digs on the night. Freshman Amy Charlebois hit a .327 attack percentage to garner eight kills of her own. Junior Brianna Florus, ranked eighth in the Big 12, led the Red Raiders with seven total blocks. Senior Laura Grote handed out 25 assists to round out the Red and Black double-digit performers.
The match, highly plagued with errors was decided at the service line. Both teams struggled from the line with Kansas State leading with 11 errors to Tech's seven. The Wildcats however dominated the stats sheet in every other aspect of the game, holding the Red Raiders to a negative hitting efficiency on the match.
Both teams came out sluggish in the first game to keep the scored tied at 6. The Wildcats looked to take the game into their hands behind a 6-3 run, 12-9. Tech's net game came alive with two blocks to keep the Red Raiders in the game at 16-12, KSU. Both teams traded side outs to bring the serving rotation back to Johnson who jumped serve the Raiders back into the match. Behind an ace, three tough serves and two consecutive blocks at the net by the Red and Black, the Raiders were within three at 21-18. Kansas State then ran into a passing roadblock, putting together a string of off-passes to bring the Red Raiders back into the game at 25 all. K-State took a mini-lead at 27-25 before Tech's Danielle Nickle served the squad's second ace of the match at 27-26. Charlebois and Florus then rejected a Kansas State attack to tie the game at 27. K-state, despite Tech's momentum, closed the game holding off Tech 30-28.
Tech's offense struggled in the second game to give the Wildcats an early 13-7 lead. Then off the bench came freshman Lindsey Louis, who has seen minimal time on the court this year, but gave Tech the spark it needed to get back into the game. Behind a quick kill, and explosive dig from Louis, Tech brought the game within reach at 16-10. Unfortunately, K-State's consistent play kept them at a five-point or greater lead over the Red Raiders for most of the game. KSU headed into the locker-room at intermission with a game-two 30-16 win, and a 2-0 lead in the match.
With a revamped spirit, Tech looked strong early with a 4-3 lead over the Wildcats in game three. Neither team would hold a strong lead midway through the game, as both teams traded kills and service errors to bring the game to 16-14, KSU leading. K-State took the game's largest lead at 17-14 before Tech countered to gain control of serve. The Red Raiders pulled the game to its 10th tie at 22 behind a Johnson kill. Again the Wildcats used a late-game offensive surge to take the game 30-24 and the match 3-0.
Kansas State's Agata Rezende and Joy Hamlin pounded down 10 kills each to lead the Wildcat offensive effort. Setter Gabby Guerre posted the Wildcats only double-double dishing out 36 assists with her 11 digs.
The Red Raiders will be back in action against the Missouri Tigers on Wed., Oct.20, in Columbia, Mo. They will conclude the week's schedule with a home match against Texas A&M. The A&M match has been moved to 1 p.m. to allow fans to attend both the Red Raiders match against their long time rivals the Aggies, and then catch the Tech vs. Texas football game set for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Jones SBC Stadium.