Charlebois and Johnson Team Up to Lead Tech in 3-1 Loss against Colorado|
Oct. 31, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman Amy Charlebois and senior Kelly Johnson led the Red Raiders with double-digit kills of 12 and 27, respectively, in the Red Raiders 3-1 loss to the Buffaloes. The Texas Tech volleyball team was able to take game three 30-28 from the Buffaloes before falling in game four 30-28 at the Coors Center in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday.
Tech's Brianna Florus and Desiree Batista assisted the Red Raider front line with 5 blocks and 5 aces, respectively. Senior Laura Grote dished out 46 assists in the losing effort, while Batista contributed her third straight double-digit performance from the back row with 15 digs.
The Red Raiders (8-11, 4-9 Big 12) started off sluggish in game one against the Buffaloes (11-9, 6-7 Big 12) to fall quickly to the Colorado offense 30-19. Game one remained close with the Buffaloes leading the Red Raiders 6-3 off of two quick Kiley Lyons' attack errors. Colorado then pushed a couple of two-point runs to take the lead at 15-9.
Tech wouldn't catch the Buffaloes' who hit a .342 in game one to dominate the Red Raiders who combined for a .042 attack efficiency. Colorado's Nicole Carr, who posted 20 kills in the match, led the Colorado effort in game one with 9 kills.
Game two, a highly more contested game, saw the Red Raiders pressuring the home team with a 10-6 edge with Batista posting one of her five aces en route to the Red and Black's early lead. Amy Charlebois posted her one ace of the match following Batista's serve to extend Tech's lead to 11-6. Tech pushed the lead to 21-15 before the Buffaloes responded to make a charge at the Red Raiders lead.
The Buffaloes pushed a four-point run to bring the Gold and Black to within three at 24-21. Colorado took its first lead of the game, one that it relinquished only one more time, before it just edged out Tech in the latter half of the contest with an ace to close out the 32-30 victory.
Coming out of intermission the Red Raiders were hungry for a win after losing game two by a two-point margin. Game three saw neither team take control of the game as the score was even at 11 all. The back and forth play of both teams was snapped by a five-point run from the Buffaloes who pressured to sweep the Red Raiders at 20-15.
Following Colorado's charge to end the game, Tech's Nina Miller with a kill, junior Brianna Florus with a solo block and Johnson who tabbed two consecutive kills combined to bring the Red Raiders back into the match at 23-21 Colorado. Batista gave Tech just what it needed late in the game tabbing two straight aces to give Tech its first lead at 26-25. The Red Raiders held onto the lead to close out the game with a kill from Johnson to force a fourth game with the 30-28 victory.
The Red Raiders will conclude their two-match road trip in Lincoln, Neb., for a contest against the Cornhuskers. The match is set for a 7 p.m.