LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball (10-5, 0-2 Big 12) fell to Kansas (10-3, 2-0 Big 12) in five sets for the second straight match Saturday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders outmatched the Jayhawks in kills, blocks, digs, and hitting percentage, but Kansas won the service battle with 11 aces including five in the fourth set. Four Red Raiders registered double-digit kills with 15 from Reagan Cooper, 11 from Kenna Sauer and Karrington Jones and 10 from Brooke Kanas. Jones set a career-high with seven digs in the match. Alex Kirby recorded 46 assists and 11 digs for a double-double, adding a season-high seven kills. KJ Adams tallied 26 digs, her fifth 20+ dig performance this season.
Tech looked solid to start the match, winning the first set 25-19 and the second set 25-14. The Red Raiders hopped out to a 9-4 lead in the first frame after a couple of kills and a solo block from Kanas. The Jayhawks used a 4-1 run to pull within two points, but the Red Raiders answered with a 5-1 rally of their own that forced a Kansas timeout down 18-12. The Jayhawks pulled within four points late in the set, before the Red Raiders finished off the first frame with a solo block from Sauer.
Cooper started heating up in the second set as the Red Raiders dominated the Jayhawks to take a 2-0 set lead. A 6-1 run early in the frame led Kansas to use its first timeout at 9-3. The Red Raiders continued to push the lead, paced by Cooper who tallied seven kills in the set. Tech used a 10-3 run to close out the set capping it off with back-to-back kills from Cooper.
The Jayhawks would not quit, taking a close third set 25-22 to force a fourth set. With the set tied at 20, Adams recorded her second kill of the season to give the Red Raiders a one-point advantage. Kansas rallied, winning four of the next five points to create set point, 24-22. The third set ended with a kill from Caroline Crawford, to keep the Jayhawks alive.
Kansas controlled the fourth set, winning 25-15 to even the match. The Jayhawks used three straight aces to pull ahead by five, 10-5. A 6-1 run gave Kansas a nine-point advantage at 18-9. The Jayhawks continued to string together runs, creating a set point at 24-13. Tech fought off two set points before a kill from Anezka Szabo sent the match to a decisive final set.
Both teams battled to start the final set, tying eight times in the frame. The Red Raiders took a one-point lead on an ace from Reese Rhodes heading into the media break, 8-7. Out of the break the Jayhawks rallied to win eight of the final nine points to take the match.
The Red Raiders hit .300 in the first set and .562 in the second set while holding the Jayhawks below .100 in the first two frames. Tech hit .186, .133 and .087 in the final three frames while Kansas hit .316, .276 and .250. Eight of the Jayhawks 11 aces came in the final three sets.
The Red Raiders hit the road for a couple of matches against No. 10 Baylor Oct. 1-2 in Waco.