Baylor Spoils Texas Tech's Home Finale With 3-1 Victory
Nov. 21, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Zoe Adom led three Baylor players in double figures Wednesday as the Bears took a 3-1 victory (25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21) over Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena.
Adom finished with 19 kills, one shy of her career high, to pace a Baylor (20-11; 7-9) offense that hit .297 as a team thanks in part to her .500 average that led all players.
"Baylor is a really good team," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "They're young in some positions but their firepower kind of got us a little bit. We were in it until the third set and then we let them get on a run and could never match it offensively."
Tori Campbell and Alyssa Dibbern also had 16 and 15 kills each for the Bears, who broke open a 1-1 tie in the third with 19 kills and a match-high .395 hitting percentage.
Tech (14-17; 3-12) had a chance to push the match into a fifth set with an 18-16 lead in the fourth before Baylor rallied to win nine of the final 12 points. The Red Raiders hit just .111 in the final frame en route to finishing with a .144 hitting percentage overall.
Despite winning the second set, Tech's best hitting performance came in the opening frame where the Red Raiders totaled 17 kills and a .231 percentage. Tech finished with just 30 kills the rest of the way, however.
Part of Tech's struggles offensively stemmed from Baylor's efforts at the net as the Bears controlled an 11-4 advantage in blocks with Campbell leading the way with six followed by Adria Nora with five and Dibbern with four. Tech entered the match just 1-13 this year when trailing in blocks.
"We're in it, and then all of the sudden in game three we give up 19 kills out of their 25 points." Flora said. "That's a little bit of our blocking and a little bit of our defense behind the block. Good blocking teams become better defensive teams and we've got to be able to do that a little bit better."
Breeann David led the Red Raiders with 17 kills, eight of which that came during the opening set. The sophomore also added eight digs and a pair of blocks as well.
She was assisted on the attack by Emily Ehrle with 11 kills and Miara Cave with seven. Mikia Mills also added five kills off 15 attacks, while Aubree Piper came off the bench late in the third set to record three kills in her most action since early October.
On the back row, Rachel Brummitt recorded a match-high 16 digs, one more than Baylor's Kate Harris, who finished with a double-double as she also had 54 assists. Hope Ogden also posted 12 digs for the Bears as well.
The Red Raiders close the season on the road Saturday afternoon as they travel to Lawrence, Kan. to face No. 20 Kansas. The match is set for a 1 p.m. first serve at the Horjesi Family Athletics Center.