LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior Emily Hill drilled the most kills of the night, but the Texas Tech Volleyball team couldn't find its rhythm and dropped a 3-0 decision (25-20, 25-18, 25-17) at Kansas on Wednesday night.
Racking up her 24th match with double-digit kills, Hill paced the Red Raiders with 12 kills through three sets. Karrington Jones followed closely behind with nine while Caitlin Dugan and Brooke Kanas both tallied seven kills apiece.
Jones and Allison White both finished the night with one solo block, while White collected three total blocks against the Jayhawks, With the loss, Tech falls to 14-10 on the season and 4-6 in Big 12 Conference action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE: Kansas 25, Texas Tech 20
After Kansas won the opening point, Jones put Tech on the board with her first kill of the night and the Red Raiders took advantage of a pair of Kansas hitting errors to go up, 3-1. The set stayed within one point until back-to-back points for the Jayhawks put the Red Raiders at a 10-7 disadvantage. Dugan's third kill of the night brought the set within two points and three straight points for the Red Raiders – a monster block from Jones and Kirby, an ace from Hill and a Kansas attack error – tied the set at 13 points apiece. After the teams swapped points, a 7-2 run for the Jayhawks put Tech behind 21-16. Hill used two consecutive kills to close the gap, 22-18, and Karrington Jones stalled the Jayhawks with a pair of hard kills on the right side. However, trailing 24-20, the Red Raiders fell victim to a ball-handling error and Kansas claimed set one, 25-20.
SET TWO: Kansas 25, Texas Tech 18
The start of the second stanza was a close one as Tech capitalized on kills from Hill, Dugan, White and Jones. There were seven tied scores and a pair of lead changes before Kansas broke away, 11-7 on five unanswered points. Putting an end to the run, Dugan came out of a Tech timeout swinging and buried a commanding kill on the left side of the net. White followed up with a kill in the middle to quickly close the gap, 11-9. Kills from Hill and Jones, as well as Kansas attack errors and a monster block from Jones in the middle, brought Tech within five points of the Jayhawks and the Red Raiders powered three straight points to cut the deficit to two at 18-16. Kansas answered with three points of their own before a block from Kanas and White stalled the Jayhawk momentum. Once again, Hill used a kill to try to bring the Red Raiders back within striking distance, but three straight points closed out the second set, 25-18, in favor of the Jayhawks.
SET THREE: Kansas 25, Texas Tech 17
Kills from White and Kanas put Tech on the board early, but Kansas remained in control with a 7-2 lead. White and Hill combined for back-to-back kills to cut the deficit down to three and another kill from Jones narrowed Kansas' lead to 8-5. However, five straight points for the Jayhawks put Tech in a 13-5 hole before Hill silenced the run with a kill on the left side. From there, Tech used kills from Hill and Dugan, as well as a block in the middle to come within five points. Kansas interrupted with one point, but Hill responded with a pair of statement kills to move Tech closer to the Jayhawks' 16-12 lead. Trailing by five, the Red Raiders used a Kansas service error and Hill's 12th kill of the day to keep their hopes alive, but the Jayhawks used one final 6-2 push to close out the final set, 25-17.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders return home to United Supermarkets Arena to host Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 9. Tech's Salute to Service match will honor our country's veterans and active military members with free admission (with a military I.D) and mini American flags for the first 500 fans. Live stats, as well as a live stream will be available for the match. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech volleyball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechVB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.