LUBBOCK, TX - It wasn't the first match that a new head coach hopes for as Texas Tech lost a 3-0 decision to host Creighton at the Bluejay Invitational volleyball tournament in front of 2,285 fans at the opening of a new arena built specifically to house the women's volleyball and basketball programs at the university.
"I thought we competed hard in the second set," first-year head coach Trish Knight said immediately following the match. "I saw moments of great play in all aspects of our game, but we couldn't string it all together for three consecutive points. We are more athletic and more talented than we know at this point and I hope I can get them to realize it and begin the growing process."
Statistically, sophomore setter Karlyn Meyers had a good outing for the squad, attacking the ball 11 times with seven going for kills to no errors. She added 19 assists and combined with a teammate on a block in the effort. Her classmate, Amanda Dowdy, led the Red Raiders with 10 kills as she moves to a new position at outside hitter this season. Newcomers junior Barbara Conceicao and Miara Cave led the block attack with three block assists each. Junior Jackie Vincent helped anchor the back row chipping in with 11 digs, for a team high.
The D.J. Sokol arena, with a capacity of 2,900, was packed in the students' section as more than 850 Bluejays fans jammed the bleachers waving blue and white balloons and enjoying the atmosphere. Tomorrow, Texas Tech faces No 10 Illinois on the same court, but crowd expectations for the Noon game are not nearly as high.