Red Raiders Battle but Fall in Four
Amanda Dowdy led Tech with 21 kills Saturday afternoon.
Nov. 19, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State used a balanced attack to defeat Texas Tech, 3-1 (22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 21-25), in Big 12 volleyball at Ahearn Field House in front of 1,145 fans to move to 19-10, 8-7 on the season, while the Red Raiders fall to 15-15, 1-13.
In what was billed as a matchup of two of the Big 12's most powerful right arms, Kaitlynn Pelger and Amanda Dowdy, the two combined for 35 blasts, 14 and 21, respectively, it was the play of Lilla Porubek (12 kills), Alex Muff (10 kills) and Courtney Traxson (13 kills) that made much of the difference for the Wildcats in the early going. The foursome kept the Red Raiders off balance and out of system for small runs in each set except the third and forced Tech to play from behind for much of the match. The Red Raiders couldn't manage its usual effective block early as K-State's setter, Caitlyn Donahue, spread the ball effectively to the four and finished with 46 assists.
The match was markedly more competitive in the third and fourth sets as points were hotly contested, sideouts were plentiful and rallies were dizzying.
Dowdy, who surpassed the 400-kills-per-season mark earlier this week (only the second Red Raider in history to post two consecutive such seasons), scooped up 10 digs along the back row as well to collect her 22nd double double of the season. However, it was the career afternoon for Brandy Huskey that highlighted the defense as she led Tech with 19 digs and posted a pair of service aces in a strong overall performance by the sophomore.
Karlyn Meyers dished 41 assists as Miara Cave and Breeann David each added nine kills. The offensive-minded Meyers also threw down seven kills (no errors) and had two block assists. Tory Vaughan finished with 15 digs.
The team will be on the road at No. 25 Oklahoma on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.