Texas Tech Falls in Straight Sets at No. 21 Iowa State
The Red Raiders fell in straight sets to No. 21 Iowa State Saturday evening in Ames.
Nov. 3, 2012
AMES, Iowa - No. 21 Iowa State held Texas Tech to a season-low 23 kills in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-16) sweep Saturday evening in front of 3,211 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones (15-7; 8-3) stifled the Red Raider attack from the beginning, holding Tech (13-14; 2-9) to just five kills and a -.075 hitting percentage in the first set alone.
The Red Raiders rebounded and led early in the second and third sets before Iowa State stormed back behind an accurate attack that saw the Cyclones hit .310 in the match. Tech totaled only a .019 hitting percentage as a team, its lowest this season.
"Iowa State got out to a quick start in front of a great crowd," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We came back and were in the second set but a three-point run kind of gave it away. I think that was a difference in the match for us as we could have swung momentum with a win in the second."
Victoria Hurtt led the Cyclones with 10 kills while notching a .500 hitting percentage after she totaled just one error off 18 attacks. She was assisted along the net by Mackenzie Bigbee and Andie Malloy with nine kills each along with Jamie Straube, who added eight kills of her own.
Alison Landwehr finished with 40 assists and 12 digs at the setter position as she was one of three Cyclones in double figures for digs. Kristen Hahn led the way with a match-high 13 digs while Caitlin Nolan posted 11 as well.
"Give credit to Iowa State because their offense was really on tonight," said Flora, who used 14 of his 15 traveling players. "They are a tough team to beat on their home floor but I think we could have done a few things differently to stay in the match."
Miara Cave led the Red Raider attack with six kills as she senior totaled just one of Tech's 21 attacking errors before closing the match with a team-high .333 hitting percentage. It marked the fewest kills to lead the Tech attack this season.
She was assisted by Breeann David, who added five kills while Lydia McKay and Meghan Stacy recorded four each as well. Emily Ruetter, meanwhile, finished with 20 assists and four digs from the setter position.
One bright spot for Tech was the blocking of freshman Brianna Grant, who matched her career high with four in the match. Cave and David also added three blocks for the Red Raiders, who trailed Iowa State, 8-7, in the category overall.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena Wednesday evening as Tech will host TCU in a 6 p.m. first serve.