LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball rallied from down 23-19 in the first set and from down 20-16 in the third set to post a straight-set win over TCU Saturday, 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-23) at United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (16-8, 5-5) have now matched their most Big 12 wins in a season since 2002, surpassing their 2017 regular-season and conference win total in the process. The victory also avenges a loss at TCU earlier this month and gives Tech four wins over the Horned Frogs (12-9, 4-6) in their last five meetings.
Tech trailed 23-19 in the opening set, but a kill and an ace from junior Emily Hill started a 3-0 run that pulled Tech within one. After a TCU timeout, senior Katy Keenan and freshman Brooke Kanas stuffed a TCU attack to even the score. Keenan later tied the set at 24-24 with a kill before Kanas went for back-to-back slams to give Tech the set.
After a dominating second frame, Tech used an 8-0 run late in the third to turn a 20-16 deficit into a 24-20 advantage. After the Frogs saved three match points, senior Missy Owens took matters into her own hands with a setter dump to close out the match.
Brooke Kanas and Emily Hill finished in double figures to lead the Red Raiders. Kanas tallied 13 kills at a .478 clip and set a career high with five blocks. Hill, meanwhile, recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs to go with a pair of services aces.
Tech freshman Karrington Jones made her second straight start for Tech as the Red Raiders outhit a TCU team that was without its leading attacker in Elan McCall, .282 to .155. Tech also outblocked TCU 10-6 with Jones accounting for a match-high six blocks for a new career high.
Missy Owens engineered the Red Raider attack with 35 assists and four kills of her own. Redshirt freshman Andrea Janss chipped in eight kills on .333 hitting while senior Katy Keenan registered an efficient six kills and posted four blocks.
The win moves Tech in front of TCU and in the top half of the Big 12 standings with six matches remaining. Tech also improves to 7-1 at home this season.
Lexi MacLean led TCU with 12 kills and six digs, but the Red Raiders were able to take away Horned Frog freshman Katie Clark, who with McCall combined for 41 of their 62 kills in the prior matchup in Fort Worth. Clark finished with four kills at a -.133 attack percentage.
The sweep was Tech's ninth this season and first during its 2018 conference slate
The win ends a five-game skid for the Red Raiders
The win gives Tech a split in the regular season series with TCU
The all-time series is now even at 10-10
Graystone improves to 4-3 against TCU at Tech
Kanas led Tech in kills for the fifth time this season and third time in the last four matches
Hill recorded her eighth double-double on the year and sixth during conference play
Hill has been in double figures 18 times this season and in nine of 10 league matches
Kanas earned her 10th double-figure performance on the year and ninth in Big 12 play
Hill led Tech with 11 digs, marking the fourth time this year to lead the team in digs
The Red Raiders will have six days off before traveling to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks on Saturday, Nov. 3. The start time will be announced in the coming days. Kansas (13-6, 6-2) entered Saturday second in the Big 12 standings and swept the Red Raiders in Lubbock on Oct. 13.
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