MAHATTAN, Kan. – The Texas Tech Red Raiders fought hard against the Kansas State Wildcats but fell 9:25, 25:18, 25:23, 1:25, 11:15 in a five-set thriller Wednesday night at the Bramlage Coliseum.
Three Red Raiders posted double-digit kill performances as Reagan Cooper led at 15, Kenna Sauer counted 13 and Brooke Kanas added 11. Sauer also collected a double-double in the match, adding 17 digs. Reese Rhodes had a 51-assist night while recording 15 breakouts for her 12th double-double of the season.
Libero Maddie Correa had an impressive night after eclipsing over 500 career digs at 31 on the night. Her 31 digs is a career high and ranks ninth in single-game digs. student in the first year Paige Mooney also had a career night after scoring a career-best 12 digs.
Kanas led defensively with four blocks followed by Karrington Jones with three of their own. Jones now has a total of 339 career blocks and ranks sixth all-time in program history. Additionally, the Red Raiders had their first 100-digg performance as a team this season with 102-diggs against the Wildcats.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Kansas State took an early 7-4 lead before the Red Raiders won four straight points on three kills from Jones and an attacking error from the Wildcats to lead 8-7. Kansas State hit back and eventually took a 15-11 lead and went on the media break. Texas Tech didn’t budge, scoring five of the next seven points, highlighted by blocks from Kanas and Williams and kills from Rhodes and Kanas. The Red Raiders would equal the set due to a Kansas State error and then go 19-18 ahead to force a block from Jones and Cooper to force a Wildcat timeout. But Kansas State would make a run to claim the set, 25-21.
As in the last set, Kansas State took a 7-4 lead at the start. The Red Raiders responded as they started a 5-0 run thanks to slams from Jones, O’Brien and Sauer to take a 9-7 lead. Kansas State clawed back a few points, but Texas Tech responded with another 5-0 run as Sauer, Kanas and Cooper pulled off some kills and Sauer added an ace to take a 15-10 lead. Texas Tech retired after winning four points in a row for a 19-13 advantage, then closed the set on a 6-2 run to win it by a score of 25-18.
There was a lot of back and forth in the third set as both teams drew 12 times before going to the media time-out. Trailing 8-6, the Red Raiders went on a 3-0 run highlighted by consecutive aces from Rhodes to take a 9-8 lead. Kansas State responded back and was able to gain two straight points for a 15-14 advantage. Kanas would knock down a kill to stop the Wildcat’s momentum and even things at 15-15. Tech took advantage of three straight errors from the Wildcats to take an 18-17 lead, then went up to 22-19 on a 4-0 run. Kansas State fought back to level the set 23-23, but Tech won the next two points after an error by Kansas State and a block by Kanas and O’Brien to win the set by a score of 25-23.
Kansas State came out in the fourth set and took an early 9-2 lead. Cooper would stop the Wildcat run with a kill of his own, but the Wildcats maintained their momentum, leading 15-6 and forcing a Texas Tech timeout. At 19-8, Texas Tech would win four of the next six points from kills by Williams. LexiCollins and Currie Marusak to break into the K-State lead, but the Wildcats would shut them down and force a fifth set by a score of 25-13.
Both teams opened the fifth set of trading points. Tech would go 2-1 on kills from Sauer and Kanas, then go up 5-4 when Cooper downed a kill. Cooper then connected it with another kill at 6-6, but consecutive blocks from Kansas State gave them an 8-6 advantage. The Wildcats held their lead for the rest of the set as they clinched the win 15-11.
- With three blocks in the night Karrington Jones now has a career total of 339 blocks and ranks sixth in program history.
- After collecting 31 digs against the state of Kansas, Maddie Correa eclipsed the 500 career mark and now has 525 in her career.
- Correa’s 31 digs is also a career high, making it their team-leading 18th double-digit dig performance of the season. It is also tied for ninth place in single-game dig performances and for fifth-most digs in a five-set game in program history.
- student in the first year Paige Mooney posted a career-high 12 digs, which is also her first double-digit dig performance of her career.
- After recording 13 kills and 17 digs, Kenna Sauer scored her team-best 16th double-double of the year.
- Reese Rhodes added a career-high three aces in the match.
- Rhodes also had her 12th double-double of the season with 51 assists and 15 digs.
The Red Raiders wrap up the regular season with their Senior Night game on Friday, November 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena against the Kansas Jayhawks.