LUBBOCK, Texas – Despite an early first-set lead, Texas Tech was unable to control an accurate Baylor offense as the Bears defeated the Red Raiders, 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-18), Wednesday evening in the United Spirit Arena.
Playing at home for the first time in a week, the Red Raiders got off to their best start all season, leading 8-1 in the first set before Baylor came roaring back. The Bears eventually tied the match at 15-15, and after both teams traded points to make the score 18-18, Baylor rallied to win seven of the next nine points to put Tech in an early deficit.
The sting of the first set stayed with the Red Raiders into the second frame as Baylor took an early 15-7 lead. From there, Baylor was able to trade points with Tech to put the Red Raiders into a bigger hole entering the intermission.
After two straight matches where Tech either won or came close to winning the third set, Baylor made sure the Red Raiders could not build momentum early in the third frame, gaining a 4-0 lead it would not relinquish. Tech came close to drawing even with a 19-15 deficit, but Baylor finished the match with a 6-3 run to end any chance for a Tech comeback.
Amanda Dowdy led Tech with 10 kills and eight digs before leaving the match towards the end of the third set with an ankle injury. Dowdy was in the midst of possibly her best match of the season as she had only two errors off 33 attempts for a season-high .242 hitting percentage.
Aubree Piper also added nine kills for Tech, while setters Karlyn Meyers and Brandy Huskey finished the match with 15 and 11 assists each. Tech finished the match with a .079 hitting percentage.
On the defensive front, Jackie Vincent notched a match-high 15 digs, while Candice Neill added a career-high 11 digs of her own. Tory Vaughan also recorded eight digs for a Tech back row that did not commit many errors throughout the match.
Baylor, who finished with a .307 hitting percentage, was led offensively by Ashlie Christenson and Elizabeth Graham who posted 11 and nine kills, respectively.
The win gives Baylor (8-7; 1-3) its first Big 12 victory of the season as the Bears entered the match reeling from three-consecutive conference losses to teams ranked among the nation's top 10. Tech drops to 2-12 on the year and 0-4 in conference.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena this Saturday to face the Kansas Jayhawks. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.