Two Red Raiders Post Double-Digit Kills in 3-1 Loss to Missouri|
Oct. 21, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior Kelly Johnson and sophomore Kiley Lyons both posted double-digit kills in the Red Raiders 3-1 loss to the Missouri Tigers tonight at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. Missouri (12-5, 7-3 Big12) were able to take the four-game match from the Red Raiders (7-9, 3-7 Big 12), with a solid net play that posted a team hitting efficiency of .357.
Johnson was one dig short of her sixth double-double on the season in the losing effort with nine digs and one ace on the night. Lyons posted her fifth double-double on the season accompanying her double-digit kills with 10 digs, two aces and two total blocks. Senior Laura Grote led the offense with 44 assists on the night and 13 digs to post her fifth double-double performance. Grote also posted one ace.
The Red Raiders recorded a .145 hitting percentage with 51 kills and 56 digs. Yet it would be the solid offense of the Tigers, who rank second in kills per-game in the nation, that would spell the end of Tech's chances of taking the match to five. MU tabbed 73 kills on the night, countered by the team's 72 digs. While the Red Raiders were solid from every area of the game, the Tigers were able to elevate their level of play to upend Tech in front of 1,616 fans.
The first game was settled with a score that favored the home team, 30-20. MU would take a 2-0 lead into the locker room after having the better of the Red Raiders in game two 30-15. Tech however did not go down easy as they came out strong in the third game to halt the Tigers' momentum, winning 30-26 and saving a road-match sweep. Missouri however recovered to keep the game from going the distance, taking the third game 30-20 and the match 3-1.
Missouri had four players reach double-digit kills, while mirroring the effort in digs. MU's Lisa Boyd led the offensive charge with 18 kills and five blocks, followed by Jessica Vander Kooi with 17 kills and 13 digs. Rounding out Missouri's offense was Shen Danru (14 digs) and Nicole Wilson with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Setter Lindsey Hunter (12 digs) and Tatum Ailes complete the double-digit performances for the Tigers with 57 assists and 19 digs, respectively.
Tech's next match up against the Texas A&M Aggies is set for a 1 p.m. start this Sat. Oct. 23. Fans are encouraged to come out before the Tech vs. Texas football game as the first 200 fans will receive spirit towels. Tech supporters can also take advantage of dollar tickets, hotdogs and popcorn available at the game.