Texas Tech Closes Season With 3-0 Loss at No. 20 Kansas
Don Flora and the Red Raiders ended the season with a 3-0 loss at No. 20 Kansas Saturday.
Nov. 24, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 20 Kansas hit .419 in the opening set alone on its way to taking a regular-season ending 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-19, 25-19) of Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 14-18 overall to close the season and 3-13 in Big 12 play. Kansas, meanwhile, improved to 25-6 and 12-4 in league action heading into postseason play.
"Kansas got off to a great start offensively and it took us a while to get rolling," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "It was good to see our athletes get better throughout the match. It was also nice to see us play well at times against a top-10 type team."
The Jayhawks finished with a .324 hitting percentage as a team after totaling .306 and .263 averages in the second and third sets. Kansas also hit .371 against Tech on Sept. 22, giving the Jayhawks two of the top three averages against the Red Raiders this year.
Chelsea Albers led Kansas with a match-high 11 kills and .611 hitting percentage after going 11-for-18 on the attack with no errors. She was helped offensively by Sara Mcclinton, who finished with 10 kills and three blocks.
Similar to the series opener, the Red Raiders struggled against the Kansas block as Tech hit just .048 in the match, its second-lowest total this season. Kansas controlled an 11-6 advantage in blocks led by Taylor Tolefree's match-high six stuffs.
Breeann David powered the Tech attack with eight kills while Miara Cave and Meghan Stacy added six on the outside. The match was the final one for Cave and fellow senior Tory Vaughan, who finished with nine digs on the back row.
"It's a bittersweet end to Miara and Tory's careers here at Tech," Flora added. "They have given their all to this team the past four years and I wouldn't trade those two for anyone else in the country. They have truly left this program better than they found it."
Tolefree added nine kills offensively for Kansas as she, Albers and Mcclinton combined for 30 kills overall, two more than Tech's team total. Caroline Jarmoc also had seven kills and five blocks for the Jayhawks as well.
Rachel Brummitt anchored Tech's efforts on the back row with 11 digs, moving her school-record total to 510 to close the year. Emily Ruetter also added seven digs and 14 assists as she and Nicole Hragyil split time at the setter position.
Tech's three wins in Big 12 play this year mark the program's most since going 5-15 in 2006.