No. 12 Wildcats Too Much for Red Raiders
Oct. 31, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Several solid individual performances were not enough for Texas Tech to overcome No. 12 Kansas State in a 3-0 (30-14, 30-19 and 30-22) setback Wednesday night. The Wildcats hit a sizzling .397 on the evening to outdistance the Red Raiders.
"We had some great individual efforts tonight," Tech coach Nancy Todd said. "Kansas State just played great defense. They get to the ball well and don't make many errors."
Tech fell to 7-16 and 1-13 on the year. KSU improved to 18-6 and 9-4 in Big 12 action.
The Red Raiders were led by another solid night from senior Amy Gandy. The Ontario, Canada, native picked up a team-best 10 kills to go with six digs, a block and a service ace. Michelle Flores added four kills and Lindsey Louis recorded 10 digs starting for an injured Jenn Harrell at libero. Jaclyn Spearman also contributed six digs from her defensive position.
One of Tech's biggest lifts came off the bench in the form of redshirt freshman Kelli Minardo. Minardo chipped in four kills on five attacks and tied a match-high three blocks in just two games played.
A slow start cost the Red Raiders in the first game. KSU jumped out to a big 11-1 lead early on. Tech managed a few small runs in the middle of the game, but it was not able to overcome a swarming Wildcat defense. KSU took the game 30-14.
Tech came out and held tough early in game two and was with three at 7-4 after a kill from setter Kourtney Dunnam. The Wildcats went on a big run and boosted their lead to 11-4. The Red Raiders fought back to cut the deficit to 17-12 midway through, but they were never able to get much closer as KSU finished off the game at 30-19.
Minardo gave Tech a big boost coming out of the locker room. The Chino Hills, Calif., native knocked down back-to back kills to even the tally at three early on. The Wildcats used another small run to pull ahead. They were not able to silence the Red Raiders though. Tech kept the tally close and eventually cut it to 19-17 on a Spearman service ace. KSU rebounded with a 4-0 run to take the momentum and its defense shut down Tech the rest of the way to take the 30-22 win and finish off the sweep.
The Red Raiders will look to bounce back Saturday afternoon when they take on the winless Colorado Buffaloes, a team they knocked off earlier in the season, on the road in Boulder, Colo. First serve is set for 12 p.m.
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