Red Raiders’ Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 2 Baylor
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech volleyball team forced No. 2 Baylor to five sets on Friday but would drop the match with the Bears earning a 15-9 win in the fifth at United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (3-4) came up just short of their second ranked upset of the season, falling 15-25, 25-19, 25-16, 21-25, 15-9, to the Bears. The two teams will meet again at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the USA to conclude their season series.
Brooke Kanas led Texas Tech with 14 kills and added three blocks, while Samantha Sanders had 12 digs and 12 kills. Alex Kirby led the Red Raiders with 39 assists and Emerson Solano contributed 13 digs. Allison Bloss led Tech with six blocks and had seven kills, while Cadi Boyer provided nine kills and five blocks. The Red Raiders finished the match with a .211 hitting percentage.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 25-15 first-set win led by Kanas and Sanders who had three kills each and nine assists from Kirby. Tech led 6-3 on a Kanas kill early on and was up 13-4 after a Morgan kill and three Baylor errors. The nine-point lead would be matched at 22-13 on a Bloss kill before another Kirby kill that was followed by a BU error ended the set. Tech finished the first set with a .500 attacking percentage and nine digs, led by Sanders who had four digs to go along with her three kills.
Baylor bounced back in the second set with a 25-19 in a set where Tech never led but was had it tied at 11-11 on a Kanas kill. Baylor went on a 6-0 run at that point to take command of the set and tie the match going into the third set. Kanas led the Red Raiders with four kills in the set while Boyer had three. Kirby added 11 assists and three digs to the effort and Solano had four digs. The Red Raiders were limited to a .206 attack in the second set.
Baylor took a 2-1 lead by winning the third set 25-16, finishing the set with eight straight points. The Red Raiders had fought back to a 17-16 deficit before the Bears took advantage of five Tech errors to close out the set that ended on a Callie Williams ace and Marieke van der Mark kill. The Red Raiders were limited to a .034 attack in the set while BU hit .333.
The Red Raiders forced a fifth set by earning a 25-21 win in the fourth Kanas slamming down the final point to stop a three-point rally by Baylor. Tech fought back in the fourth and led 18-12 with four straight points that started with a Morgan kill and then three straight BU errors. A block assist from Boyer and Maddie O’Brien was followed by a Kirby ace to give Tech a 24-18 lead. Kanas had four kills in the set to lead the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech will return to the road next week where it will face No. 1-ranked Texas in a two-match series on Thursday and Friday in Austin.