Johnson and Charlebois Team Up for 39 kills in 3-2 Loss
Nov. 11, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Oklahoma Sooners were able to slip away another five-game match from the Texas Tech volleyball team tonight, winning a closely contested match 3-2 over the visiting Red Raiders in Norman, Okla., at the McCasland Field House. Tech (8-14, 4-12 Big 12) was unable to overcome the home team in the final game dropping their third five-game match of the season to the Sooners (11-13, 3-12 Big 12).
The Red Raiders dropped game one to the home team behind a close 30-28 score. The first game would go on to set the tone for the match, which saw every game except for the fifth decided by two points. The Red Raiders were able to steal the following two games from Oklahoma 33-31 and 31-29. The Sooners returned the favor in game four with a 31-29 win over the Raiders, before taking an 8-2 lead in the fifth en route to their 15-8 victory to close out the match.
What spelled trouble for the Red Raiders in the first meeting between the two teams was the roof the Sooners were able to create at the net. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, who were facing OU on its home court, the net strength of the Sooners would prove the deciding factor in the closely contested match. Oklahoma out-blocked the Raiders 24.0 total team blocks to Tech's 10.0. Tech also was out-played in the backcourt, as the Sooners were able to take a 10-dig edge over the Red Raiders with 66 versus Tech's 56 digs on the match.
Tech's key plays came from Kelly Johnson and Amy Charlebois who led the charge for the Red Raiders with 25 and 14 kills, respectively. Johnson's 25 kills marks the senior's second-straight match with 20 kills or more, and her sixth match out of the last seven to reach the 20 or more plateau. Charlebois set a season and career record with 14 kills to go along with her 4 digs. The freshman had an all-around game tabbing three aces and three total blocks in the effort. Sophomore Kiley Lyons rounded out the Red Raiders in double-digit kills with 11 to accompany her three aces, five digs and four total blocks on the night.
Junior Desiree Batista again led the defensive effort for the Red and Black with 17 digs on the night.
Senior Laura Grote and Johnson both posted their second-straight double-double performance in the losing effort, helping to keep the pressure on the Sooners throughout the match. Johnson achieved the feat with 14 digs to accent her 25 kills, while Grote dished out 55 assists and 10 digs in the contest. Junior Sophomore Raven Garrett, getting her third start at the middle-blocker position, challenged the double-digit mark with nine kills and four total blocks on the match.
As a team the Red Raiders were able to chart another stellar performance from the service line, setting a season record with 16 aces in the match. Six Red Raider contributed to the feat which tops Tech's previous season high of 15 which the Raiders set at the beginning of the season against San Diego State.
Johnson led the charge with four aces, followed by Batista with three. Batista's three aces moves the junior into 12th on Tech's single season ace records list with 41. Tech Freshman Amanda Hiller, after recording her first ace last week at her first trip to the service line this season, tabbed two in the losing effort.
Junior Brianna Florus rounded out the highlights for the Red Raiders with four total blocks on the night to continue her dominance in the category. Florus leads the Red Raiders thus far this season with 97 total blocks on the season.
Tech's loss to the Sooners pushes the team's losing streak to three, with the Red and Black returning to the court this Saturday in a 7 p.m. match up against the Iowa State Cyclones at the United Spirit Arena.
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