Raiders Win Barn-Burner Over Baylor, 3-2
Oct. 28, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team claimed a 3-2 victory over the Baylor Bears tonight in a highly contested match at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Senior Kelly Johnson and junior Desiree Batista posted season-highs with 29 kills and 28 digs, respectively.
Tech (8-10, 4-8 Big 12), with the win, move into sole ownership of eighth-place in the Big 12 while Baylor (10-12, 3-9 Big 12) move to ninth. Tech's victory tonight also marks the first season sweep of the Bears since 2001 as the Red Raiders also took the two team's previous match up in Waco early this season 3-1. The win also pushes Tech's win streak, that dates back to last year's 3-2 win in Waco on Nov.1, to three.
Johnson's 29 kills was a match high, with Baylor's Desiree Guilliard-Young leading the Bears with 17 in their losing effort. Batista posted a season-high 28 digs after setting the previous mark of 25 against the Aggies last Saturday. Johnson carried the offensive load for the Red Raiders being the only Raider to post double-digit kills, while freshmen Amy Charlebois and Lindsey Louis missed the mark by one with 9 kills a piece.
Batista backed up her performance on the back row with five service aces, ranking third all-time in five-game matches and sixth all-time in all matches. Batista also found the record books with her defensive feat of 28 digs which ranks 11th all-time in all matches.
Johnson's performance ranks ninth all-time in five-game matches while also standing tenth in all matches.
Game one was a battle of side outs for the first half of the contest with Tech holding an early edge at 4-2. Two quick service errors from Tech let the Bears back into the game at 11-10 Tech. The Red Raiders stretched the lead again at 16-12 as freshman Amy Charlebois pounded a kill down the line.
The Bears didn't let the game get to far away as they countered with tough serves to force a Raider attack error to even the game at 16. That was the closest Baylor got the rest of the match, falling quickly to Tech's balanced-offense from the service and front line. Senior Laura Grote walked back to the service line to post Tech's first ace of the match, while Johnson held the front- line duties pounding down two consecutive kills to take Tech to a 26-21 lead. Charlebois closed the game out with a cross-court kill to give Tech the game at 30-23.
Tech started out sluggish in the early-goings of game two allowing the Bears to take a lead at 6-3. The Bears capitalized off of Tech's early hiccups at the net as the Red Raiders committed three attack errors. Tech then strung together a six-point run to even the contest at 7.
The two teams struggled to take command of the game, trading points until 17-15 when Tech pushed two- straight points behind kills. Tech held a two-point advantage over the Bears until 22 all when Baylor would even the match behind a kill of its own. BU would coast the rest of the way behind a solid effort from Guilliard-Young who tabbed two late-game kills giving the Green and Gold the victory 30-24.
BU used the momentum from game two to jump out to a 10-5 lead in game three. The Red Raiders, who suffered from early passing errors, regained their composure at 10-6 to take control of serve. Tech remained within six at 13-7 while the Bears still held an advantage after pressuring Tech with three-straight points. The Red and Black wouldn't make a charge at the Baylor lead until Johnson stepped back to the service line to bring the Raiders within two at 26-24. The Bears however fended off the offensive blast of Tech to close out the game at 30-27.
The Red Raiders, with the match on the line, trailed early to the Bears 10-9 in game four. The two teams battled for a substantial lead in the game, with Baylor holding the Red Raiders at bay with an 18-16 lead. Tech's Johnson, who was the only Red Raider in the match to post double-digit kills, helped the Red and Black battle back to take their first lead of the game at 24-23. Batista kept the Red Raiders alive throughout the back end of game four posting three crucial digs to give the Red Raiders game point at 29-28. Tech would close out the match to send it to a deciding fifth game as sophomore Raven Garrett tallied one of her six kills en route to Tech's 30-28 victory.
With no room for error, the Red Raiders rebounded from two-straight sluggish game starts in game three and four to hold the lead at 6-3 in the fifth. The tight game looked as if the Bears were turning the tables at 10-8 with an ace by Baylor's Emily Huston to close the gap to two. It then came to a déjà vu moment for the Red Raiders who held a 13-10 lead on the Bears, mirroring the previous match's score against the Aggies where Tech fell in the end 17-15.
Tech erased the heartbreaking loss from its memory to move the contest to game point at 14-12. Johnson, who remained solid all match, came through in the end to put down the game winning kill in front of a diving Bear defense to close out the game and match 15-12 and 3-2, respectively.
Baylor, who had four Bears tally double-digit kills were led by Guilliard-Young and Nicole LeBlanc with 17 and 16 kills, respectively. Setter Emily Huston finished the match with the only double-double performance for either team with 60 assists and 10 digs.
The Red Raiders, who will take their momentum on the road for two-straight matches, will face Colorado on the in Boulder on Sat., Oct.30, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Event Center.
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