Missouri Topples Texas Tech on Senior Night|
Nov. 26, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Missouri broke open a 23-23 tie in the second and overcome a Texas Tech lead in the third to complete a 3-0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-22) sweep of the Red Raiders Saturday evening on Senior Night at the United Spirit Arena.
The loss prevented Tech (15-17; 1-15) from ending the year with a .500 record, a feat the school had not previously accomplished since 2001 when the Red Raiders last advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Most importantly, the loss kept Tech's two seniors, Amanda Dowdy and Karlyn Meyers, from wrapping their illustrious careers with a victory. The duo, who were both honored prior to the match, end their respective tenures having led Tech to its highest win total in a decade.
"The final quote in their video tonight was `leaving this place better than they found it' and that's a life philosophy for me," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "I think they have done that this year, and I was proud of their effort tonight. I wish it would have ended with a win, but I was proud to be part of their senior year."
After an early first-set victory, Missouri (21-12; 7-9) put the match almost out of reach in the second, surviving two Tech set points before Emily Wilson put down one of her 11 kills on the night to send the Tigers into the break with a two-set advantage.
Missouri once again rallied from behind in the third to keep the Red Raiders from extending the match to a fourth. Tech led 17-15 midway through the frame just before Missouri went on a 4-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish.
"The difference between winning and losing was a little 3-0 run in set one and a sideout in set two," Flora said. "Those are the small things that we continue to learn and grow upon. Give Missouri a lot of credit. They did a good job in crunch time in set two, which turned out to be a pivotal set. This is a big match for us to learn from and grown on."
Lisa Henning and Katie O'Brien joined Wilson in double figures for the Tigers, finishing with 11 kills each as well as Missouri finished with a .321 hitting percentage after recording only 11 attacking errors.
Playing in her final match in a Tech uniform, Dowdy put the finishing touches on her career with a match-high 12 kills. The Lexington, Texas native took 50 attempts, just enough to push herself further up both the Tech and Big 12 record books.
Miara Cave and Aubree Piper both dropped 10 kills in support while Breeann David added eight of her own. Piper wrapped the match with a .529 hitting percentage, her second-highest total of the season, after going 10-for-17 with one error in the middle.
Meyers, meanwhile, finished with 39 assists on the night while adding six digs and a block. Tory Vaughan dropped 16 digs on the back row to move her season total past 400, becoming just the seventh player in school history to do so.
The Tigers doubled Tech in blocks, finishing with 10.5 on the night compared to the Red Raiders' five overall.