Kansas Downs Texas Tech After Early Deficit
Sam Podraza (left) helped boost the Tech offense with six kills Saturday night.
Oct. 22, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas erased an early first-set victory to outplay Texas Tech over the next three frames en route to a 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-19) Saturday evening at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
Miscues plagued the Red Raiders (14-9; 0-8) throughout the night as Tech posted seven service errors and 25 attacking errors, giving Kansas (13-8; 1-7) the momentum to complete the comeback.
Tech was previously 13-1 on the year when taking the opening set with its only other loss coming on Oct. 1 when 25th-ranked Oklahoma rallied for a five-set victory.
"This was a battle we felt we should have won," Tech head coach Don Flora said following the match. "It is tough to see us not execute at the highest level point to point, but our underclassmen are learning on the job. Kansas is a top NCAA team that can beat anyone in the nation on any given night. We will learn from this and get better for Baylor on Wednesday night."
The Red Raiders appeared primed to earn their first Big 12 victory late in the opening set as Tech finished on a 4-0 run. The wheels began to come off from there, though, as Kansas opened the second set with seven-straight points, setting the stage for the Jayhawks to mainly control the rest of the match.
The Red Raiders rallied to prevent Kansas from taking the set point with a 9-0 run that left Tech a point shy of tying the second frame, but Allison Mayfield dropped one of her match-high 21 kills to send the two squads into the break with a tie score.
Tech did not find its way back in the match until the fourth set when it took a 13-10 lead midway through the frame only for the Jayhawks to rally thanks to a 10-4 run down the stretch.
Amanda Dowdy led the Red Raiders with 12 kills and 10 digs as she posted her second-straight double-double and 17th one of the season. The senior finished with just a .021 hitting percentage after 11 attacking errors.
Miara Cave and Sam Podraza were Tech's next-leading attackers with eight and six kills each. Karlyn Meyers finished with 26 assists while adding three blocks and digs each. Brandy Huskey also led Tech with 11 digs off the bench.
The Jayhawks, meanwhile, had two players join Mayfield in double figures as Caroline Jarmoc recorded 13 kills while Taylor Tolefree added 12 of her own. Kansas overcame 34 attacking errors to finish with a .184 hitting percentage compared to Tech's .082 average.
Tech was also out-blocked for only the fifth time this year as Kansas maintained a 10-7 advantage in the category. Dravon Rangel led the Red Raiders with a team-high four stuffs.
The Red Raiders return to action next Wednesday as the Baylor Bears travel to Lubbock for a 6:30 p.m. match at the United Spirit Arena.
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