No. 14 Kansas State Holds on for 3-2 Victory Over Texas Tech|
Meghan Stacy connected on a team-high 19 kills in a 3-2 loss Saturday at No. 14 Kansas State.
Oct. 20, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Texas Tech rallied from two sets down but was unable to deliver its first win over a ranked opponent since 2004 Saturday as No. 14 Kansas State held on for a 3-2 (25-13, 25-14, 20-25, 23-25, 15-9) victory at Ahearn Field House.
The Red Raiders were looking for their first win over a top-25 team since Nov. 20, 2004, when Tech topped K-State, 3-2, in Manhattan. The match was also the last time Tech defeated K-State as the Wildcats had won 14-straight in the series.
After overcoming an early two-set deficit, Tech came close to ending both streaks until the Wildcats broke open a 9-9 tie in the fifth with a 6-0 rally to close the match. Tech had previously rallied from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits earlier in the frame.
"This was a competitive, quality performance out of our team," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We got down early, but I was proud to see how we stepped up and forced a fifth set. Kansas State is obviously one of the top teams in the country, so the way we came back and nearly won really says a lot about this young team."
Already facing an early deficit, Flora turned to his bench and found a combination that began to click as Meghan Stacy, Brianna Grant and Whitney Ford all entered on the front line. The trio accounted for 27 kills combined along with nine blocks.
Stacy finished with a career-high 19 kills, including 12 during the fourth set alone, to lead the Red Raiders. She was joined in double digits by Breeann David, who connected on 12 kills of her own.
Attacking errors plagued the Red Raiders early and then also in the fifth set as Tech finished with 30 in the match en route to a .147 hitting percentage. Tech totaled only four kills to go along with four errors in the pivotal fifth set after totaling a .368 average in the fourth.
K-State, meanwhile, hit .318 as a team with only 18 errors, marking the third-highest average for a Tech opponent this season.
Kaitlynn Pelger and Alex Muff led the Wildcats with 18 and 17 kills each while Lilla Porubek added 11 as well. All three players hit over .300 individually with Muff leading the way with a .593 average.
Rachel Brummitt anchored the Tech back row with 21 digs while Tory Vaughan and Ellen Sorrells added 10 each as well. K-State led Tech, 61-57, in the category thanks in part to a team-high 18 digs from Pelger.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to .500 for the first time this season as Tech fell to 12-12 on the year and 1-7 in Big 12 play. K-State improved to 18-3 overall and 5-3 in league action.
The Red Raiders will take a week off before West Virginia makes its first visit to Lubbock next Saturday for a 6 p.m. first serve at the United Spirit Arena.