Red Raider volleyball falls short against No. 1 Texas
LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior Kylie Rittimann tallied a career-high three aces, but the Texas Tech volleyball team fell short and dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 1 Texas on Wednesday at United Supermarkets Arena.
Emily Hill and Brooke Kanas finished the match with double-digit kills – Hill with 13 and Kanas with 10 – while Karrington Jones posted a total of three blocks on the night. Alex Kirby and Emerson Solano both finished the night with six digs and Tech combined behind the line for seven aces.
With the loss, Tech drops to 14-9 on the season and 4-5 in Big 12 Conference play.
SET ONE: TEXAS 25, TEXAS TECH 20
Texas recorded the opening point of the match, but the Red Raiders responded quickly with a pair of points – a Texas service error and a kill off the hand of Hill. The set remained within one point until Rittimann's first ace of the night gave Tech a 12-10 lead over the Longhorns. A commanding kill from Hill kept Tech at a two-point advantage, but Texas used three straight points to take the lead, 14-13. Determined to stay in the fight, Kanas unleashed a point on the right side of the net and an ace from Solano helped Tech reclaim the lead, 15-14. A 5-2 swing for the Longhorns put the Red Raiders in a 19-17 hole, but a sneak attack from Kirby and another kill from Hill tied up the set for the 11th time. Despite the late spark, Tech couldn't hang on to the momentum and Texas closed out the first set 25-20 with a 6-1 scoring run.
SET TWO: TEXAS 25, TEXAS TECH 21
After a Texas service error gave the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead, Tech used kills from Hill and Jones, an ace from White and a block from Jones and Dugan to go up 5-0. Texas interrupted Tech's run with a kill, but Tech answered back with another point from Jones and Rittimann's second ace of the match. Texas put up five unanswered points to take a 9-8 lead, but Tech rallied with a huge block in the middle and a kill from Kanas to reclaim the lead, 10-9. A kill from White tied the match once more at 11-11 and three more points gave the Red Raiders a 14-11 advantage over the No. 1 team in the nation. White collected her second ace of the match – and the set – to move Tech to a 17-15 lead, but a 5-1 run for the Longhorns gave Texas a 20-18 lead. Tech fought back and used a pair of kills from Hill to tie the set at 20-points, but the Red Raiders couldn't make up ground and dropped set two, 25-21.
SET THREE: TEXAS 25, TEXAS TECH 21
A slow start in the third set put Tech at an early, 6-0 disadvantage. However, after a Texas serving error, the Red Raiders used kills from Hill, Kanas and Jones, as well as an ace from Hill to close the gap, 8-6. Three straight Tech points – kills from Kanas and Dugan and a Texas attack error – kept the Red Raiders within two points and the two teams swapped pairs of points for the next several possessions. Rittimann's third ace of the match cut into the Longhorns' lead, 16-14 and two consecutive Hill kills helped Tech stay within striking distance. After falling behind 24-18, Tech rallied with a Texas service error, kill from Hill and point from Dugan, but the Red Raiders fell just short and Texas clinched the final set, 25-21.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders open up November action with a Big 12 matchup at Kansas on Wednesday, Nov. 6. 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.