Tech Falls To Huskers 3-0|
Nov. 4, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball team wrapped up its two-match road trip with a 3-0 loss in Lincoln, Neb. against the No.3 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Senior Kelly Johnson led the offensive charge for the Red Raiders with 10 kills, six digs and two total blocks in front of a hostile crowd of 4,110 at the Nebraska Coliseum.
The Huskers (20-1, 14-0 Big 12) remain unbeaten in league play while Tech (8-11, 4-10 Big 12) will return home to take on the Missouri Tigers on Saturday.
Tech was never able to get on a rhythm losing the first game 30-10 as it fell victim to NU's 16 kills in the game versus Tech's six. Going into intermission the Red Raiders would face a 2-0 deficit in the match with the Huskers taking the second game in commanding fashion 30-14. The Red Raiders made a push in game three, but came up short in the end falling 30-22 in the game, 3-0 in the match.
Tech's Johnson was followed by sophomore Kiley Lyons and freshman Amy Charlebois with six and five kills, respectively. Charlebois led the defensive effort for the Red Raiders with eight digs in the losing effort. Junior Brianna Florus continued her consistent effort from the net posting two total blocks to tie Johnson's two blocks on the match.
Tech was unable to stop the Nebraska offense that posted a .324 hitting efficiency as a team, while posting 10.0 total team blocks versus the Red Raiders four. The Huskers, who also picked up 48 digs in the winning effort, dominated the service line posting 10 team aces in the contest.
Nebraska was led by freshman Sarah Pavan with 14 kills, three aces and five total blocks. Closely following the freshman is senior Melissa Elmer with 13 kills. Amanda McCormick took a load of the Husker defense with a match-high 17 kills, while Dani Busboom dished out 35 assists to round out the Huskers in double-digits.
The Red Raiders will be back in action this weekend against the Missouri Tigers in a 7 p.m. match up at the United Spirit Arena.