Kansas Overcomes Early Deficit Again to Defeat Texas Tech
The Red Raiders fell, 3-1, to Kansas Saturday evening.
Nov. 12, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - For the second time this season, Kansas battled back from an early first-set loss to rally and defeat Texas Tech, 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16), Saturday evening at the United Spirit Arena.
The Jayhawks (14-12; 2-11) had previously overcome a first-set setback to drop Tech (15-13; 1-12), 3-1, in the two squad's previous meeting Oct. 22 in Lawrence.
Like the previous encounter, the Red Raiders were unable to sustain the momentum from the first and put Kansas away, letting the Jayhawks score the come-from-behind victory, marking only the third time all season an opponent had rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Tech.
"We got off to a good start and it's frustrating to see when we can't keep that focus throughout an entire match," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "Kansas is a good team and they played well, so give them a lot of credit. We still have some time to get a few more wins, so I hope we take advantage of that opportunity."
Tech opened the match hitting .343 over the first frame, committing only three attacking errors during that span while sustaining a 76 percent sideout percentage.
The Red Raiders' accuracy went downhill from there, though, as Tech posted eight errors in the second and 10 in the fourth en route to ending the match with a .157 percentage.
That was all the gap Kansas would need as Allison Mayfield recorded a match-high 22 kills while Sara McClinton and Caroline Jarmoc added 13 of their own. Mayfeld controlled the Kansas attack throughout the evening, totaling a .400 hitting percentage after taking 50 attempts with only two errors.
Dowdy led the way with 14 kills while Cave and Piper also found themselves in double digits with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Breeann David also had eight kills for the Red Raiders.
Karlyn Meyers posted 42 assists from the setter position while digging 10 balls for her ninth career double-double. Dowdy also added a double-double as she had 12 digs on the back row, matching Tory Vaughan for the team high.
The Red Raiders return to the road next Tuesday night to close its non-conference schedule at San Jose State. First serve is scheduled for 9 p.m. (CDT).