Texas A&M Escapes With Five-Set Victory Over Texas Tech
Amanda Dowdy moved to second all-time in career kills Wednesday night.
Oct. 19, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - On a night where she moved to second all-time in career kills, Amanda Dowdy would have likely wished for a better ending.
Instead, the Texas Tech senior dropped a match-high 22 kills only for Texas A&M to edge out a 3-2 victory (26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 17-25, 15-13) over the Red Raiders Wednesday evening at the United Spirit Arena.
The loss prolonged Tech's (14-8; 0-7) Big 12 slump as the Red Raiders head to Kansas this weekend still winless in league play. The Aggies, meanwhile, improved to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in conference action.
"It's one of those nights where this is about the process and the steps and that's what will get us over the hump," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We're continuing to learn and we're getting better. A&M is a great program, so it was nice to see our team compete the way they did and for Amanda to move to second all-time, that's phenomenal."
After trading sets back and forth, the Red Raiders entered the final frame with momentum on their side thanks to a lobsided victory in the fourth. The Aggies countered, though, to build an 11-8 advantage that would eventually lead to a 15-13 victory off Lindsey Miller's team-high 18th kill of the night.
To that point, the Red Raiders had countered each time A&M took the match's momentum, only to fall in the final frame for the second time thus far in conference play.
Like she has done throughout her career, Dowdy was Tech's go-to-player throughout the night both offensively and defensively as she also had 10 digs for her 16th double-double of the season.
She passed Melissa McGehee early in the second set as the senior now has 1,350 career kills, a stat that ranks only behind Kelly Johnson's total of 1,925 in the school's record book.
When Dowdy was not available, Miara Cave and Breeann David were solid options for the Red Raiders as well with Cave dropping 16 kills and David posting 11 of her own. Cave finished with a .303 hitting percentage after attempting 33 swings with only six errors.
The Tech block also gave the Aggies fits as the Red Raiders controlled a 19-11 advantage in the category thanks to seven blocks each from both Karlyn Meyers and Dravon Rangel. Meyers also dished 46 assists from the setter position while digging 13 balls for her fourth double-double this season.
A&M had three players join Miller in double-digits as Kelsey Black notched 12 kills while Alisia Kastmo and Elise Hendrickson added 11 each. Black also added a double-double with 15 digs, three short of the match high from libero Megan Pendergast.
The Red Raiders and Jayhawks will both be looking for their first Big 12 victory Saturday evening when Tech travels to Lawrence for a 6:30 p.m. match in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.