Three Red Raiders Post Double-Digit Kills in Loss
Nov. 6, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior Kelly Johnson, along with sophomore Kiley Lyons and freshman Amy Charlebois, all posted double-digit kills in Tech's heart-breaking loss to the Missouri Tigers on Saturday night. Tech (8-13, 4-11 Big 12) opened the match with an impressive .356 hitting efficiency in game one, before losing the match 3-1 to Missouri (15-9, 10-4 Big 12) in a close game-four 30-28 loss.
Johnson led the match with 24 kills, while posting her seventh double-double of the season with 14 digs. Lyons hit a .278 on the match while pounding down 14 kills of her own. Charlebois, who had a stellar effort at the net with three solo blocks in the match, four total, posted 13 kills in the Red Raider's losing effort.
Junior Desiree Batista had another solid performance on the defensive end with a 26 digs on the on the night to lead both teams in the category. Batista chipped in an ace and two assists to round out the junior's efforts.
Senior Laura Grote moved ever closer to the third-place spot in Tech's all-time career assist leaders with 54 on the night, standing just under 200 assists from the third-place record holder.
Tech as a team posted 62 kills on the night, while accompanying the effort in digs with 67. Missouri, who just edged out the Red Raiders in the end, tabbed 67 kills and 70 digs as a team to just edge the Raiders out on the stats sheet.
It looked anyone's game in the opening minutes of the first contest with the score all tied up at 5. The two teams traded blows bringing the score to 15 all with no team taking a strong lead. The Red Raiders would not make a move until 27 all when they pressured the Tigers for the win. Johnson opened the run with a kill, followed by an error by Missouri.
Tech closed out the match behind a block assist from Brianna Florus and Amy Charlebois, to take a 1-0 lead over the visiting Tigers. Tech looked sharp it in the opening game with Johnson leading the charge with seven kills. Lyons posted a .571 hitting efficiency in the game to help the Red Raiders edge out the Tigers with four kills of her own. The Red Raiders were not only solid from the net but accompanied the season-high hitting percentage with 17 digs as a team. Batista led the defensive effort tabbing 10 digs of her own.
The Red Raiders looked to open the second contest just as they did the first keeping the game tied at 6 all. Both teams looked sluggish in the early goings as the score moved slowly to 10 all before Tech made a move.
Tech then put together a 5-2 run to give the Raiders their highest lead in the match since winning the first game by three. Then stepped up Missouri's Jessica Vander Kooi at the service line to take the Tigers on a 10-point run to give them the edge at 22-15. The Red Raiders pushed to close the gap behind a Johnson kill, but fell short as the score board showed too much of a deficit for the Red and Black to overcome. Missouri tied the match at 1-1 with the 30-21 victory.
Game three was no different from its predecessors as the game was all even at 10. Following game two's lead, the Tigers again pushed a 10-5 run at 11 all to give Missouri a 20-15 edge. The Red Raiders kept the match close staying within three from the Tigers the rest of the way. Tech threatened a come back at 27-23 behind consecutive kills by Lyons, but the Tigers made a late game push to down the Raiders 30-26.
A hungry Red Raider squad then stepped on to the court in game four looking to push the match to five. The Red Raiders looked strong early with an early 5-2 lead and an ignited Johnson with two-early kills. The Red Raiders pushed the lead to 7-4 before the Tigers would close the gap and tie it at 7. MU pushed a second run, backed by the service strength of Missouri's Shen Danru to widen the gap in Missouri's favor at 11-8. The Red Raiders again played point-to-point with the Tigers trailing by as many as four and as little as two with the score coming to 18-15 Missouri.
Tech in the clutch put together a three-point run behind the arms of freshman Amanda Hiller, who also posted her first ace of her career in the run, to put the Raiders in the lead at 24-23. Tech would hold onto the edge until 28 all when the Tigers put down a set to give them game point. The Red Raiders subsequent play ended in an error, giving the Tigers the game at 30-28 and the match at 3-1.
Missouri as led by Vander Kooi with 20 kills, followed by Danru with 14. Tatum Ailes carried the defensive load for MU with 20 digs, while Lindsey Hunter dished out 54 assists in the winning effort.
Tech will be back on the road this coming Wed., Nov.10, as they take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Okla. -TTU-
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