Texas Tech Volleyball Lose Both Games to K-State
The Texas Tech volleyball team traveled to Manhattan, Kansas, to play K-State on Wednesday, October 27 and 28. The team headed into the series with a 13-8 record and 3-5 in the conference.
TTU vs. K-State Game 1
In the first game of the series, K-State defeated the Red Raiders 3-2, taking the sets 25-23, 25-20, 24-26, 18-25, and 15-12.
The Wildcats fought a tight first set but held on to win the first. K-State rattled off four straight points to take the opening frame.
Next, K-State took a two-set lead over TTU. The Wildcats jumped to an early 6-3 lead in the second, but the Red Raiders came back to tie at nine with a block from Senior Brooke Kanas. K-State pushed a 19-13 advantage out of the media timeout, forcing TTU to call a timeout. The Red Raiders pulled within one, but the Wildcats held on strong.
In addition, the Red Raiders desperately held on to keep the match alive. TTU trailed by four before they gathered their momentum to pull within one. The team took a 22-19 lead, but the Wildcats answered with a 5-1 run to make it a match point. TTU regrouped, and they fought off the setpoint and took the final three points.
Continuing their momentum into the fourth, the Red Raiders put the pressure on early, forcing two timeouts with a 9-3 lead. Both teams answered with back-to-back points, but TTU closed out the fourth on an 8-2 run to push a final deciding set which is the sixth time in conference play.
Furthermore, there was a back-and-forth challenge in the fifth before the Red Raiders pulled ahead with an ace from Junior Alex Torres. In contrast, K-State stopped TTU’s momentum with four straight points for a set point and won off a kill.
TTU vs. K-State Game 2
In the final game of the match, the Red Raiders dropped their fifth straight match to K-State. The Wildcats won 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, and 25-19.
TTU started the frame with a 14-11 advantage. After the media timeout, K-State rallied the following five points of seven. Sophomore Maddie O’Brien extended their lead to 21-18 with an ace. Similarly, Junior Caitlin Dugan gave the Red Raiders a set point, and then a Wildcat error ended the set.
The Wildcats responded to TTU’s lead in the second, taking an early lead forcing the Red Raiders into a timeout being down 10-5. K-State pushed their lead up seven more. After a TTU timeout, they rallied the following three points, cutting the lead to 20-17. The Wildcats were able to hold on with a 5-1 run.
In addition, TTU took the early momentum with an advantage of 6-2. K-State took a timeout to regroup and gather momentum, pushing a lead above the Red Raiders. TTU broke the K-State run with a block from Dugan and Senior Karrington Jones. Both teams were at 10, but the Wildcats would not surrender their lead and took the third.
Furthermore, K-State closed out the match with a 25-19 fourth set win. The Wildcats took the final four points. The win is their fifth straight win over the Red Raiders.
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The Texas Tech volleyball team heads home to play TCU Friday, November 5 and 6.
In addition, the team will then head to Morgantown, West Virginia, to play West Virginia Thursday, November 18 and 19.
Finally, they will come home to play Texas on Friday, November 26 and 27, to close out their season.
Watch the women’s volleyball team finish out their season with a record of 13-10 and 3-7 in the conference, and hope to pull off more wins. You can buy your tickets for any home game at TexasTech.com. General admission for adults is $5 and $3 for youth. You can also watch the games on ESPN+.
Check out the last Texas Tech volleyball recap against Oklahoma.
Story by Campus Live Intern Kaelea Pena