Johnson Pounds Down 14 in Loss to Kansas on Senior Night
Nov. 24, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior Kelly Johnson shouldered the Red Raider offense with 14 kills in Tech's 3-0 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks tonight at the United Spirit Arena. The Texas Tech volleyball team (10-15, 6-13 Big 12) was unable to overcome the offensive efficiency from the middle by KU (17-11, 8-11 Big 12), who had 25 kills from the middle blocker position on the night.
The same scenario that stopped the Red Raiders from taking a game from Kansas in the two team's first meeting was present again. The defensive effort by the Jayhawks proved too much for the Red and Black as Kansas posted 61 digs in the contest to Tech's 57. KU also pounded down 49 kills edge out Tech (46 kills) by three.
While the Jayhawks did not dominate the stats sheet, with both teams almost mirroring each other in totals, Kansas (13 blocks, 5 aces) held a slight edge over Tech (12 blocks, 3 aces) throughout the match on the scoreboard. Tech's downfall came at the net, as it struggled from the front row to put the ball down posting 28 errors to Kansas' 17.
Tech opened the match with a five-point lead over the Jayhawks in game one, before Kansas came back late in the game with a five point run to take the opening contest 30-25. Kansas used its momentum to hold an early and late lead over the Red Raiders to take a 2-0 lead in the match behind a 30-24 game-two win. The Red Raiders used a late game push behind Johnson in the third, but the duo of Josi Lima and Ashley Michaels for Kansas in the middle, proved too much for the Red and Black as the Jayhawks wrapped up the sweep with a 30-25 game-three win.
Tech's Johnson picked up five digs, two blocks and one assist to go along with her game and team leading high 14 kills on the night. Senior Laura Grote dished out 40 assists in the match to move into the third-place position in Tech's all-time assists leaders list with 3,625. Senior Daneen Grisham wrapped up her last home match as a Red Raider with one dig.
Sophomore Kiley Lyons ended the night with eight kills, followed by freshmen Amy Charlebois and Lindsey Louis with seven kills apiece. Junior Desiree Batista ended the contest with 18 digs, her fifth-straight match with 15 digs or more, and two aces.
Kansas was led by Michaels (13 kills) and Lima (12 kills) who combined for more than half of the team's 49 kills. Paula Caten wrapped up the double-digit kills category with 11. Leading the defense for KU was Jill Dorsey who had a team and game-high 21 digs on the night followed by Lima with 10 digs to wrap up her double-double performance.
Tech will face the Texas Longhorns this Saturday for the team's final regular season match of the year. The match is set for a 7 p.m. start in Austin.
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