Iowa State defeated the Red Raiders in four sets

AMES, Iowa fifth grader Karrington Jones released a .750-batting clip, but the Texas Tech Red Raiders fell 21-25, 25-12, 24-26, 20-25 to the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday afternoon at the James H. Hilton Coliseum.

Jones led the Red Raiders (14-12, 3-10 Big 12) in batting as she hit 12 slams on 16 attacks (.750) and added two blocks in the match. Both Kenna Sauer and Reese Rhodes collected their 15th and 11th double-double respectively. Sauer had 19 kills and 10 digs, and Rhodes had a total of 47 assists and 10 digs.

With nine kills in the match Brooke Kanas She now ranks fifth in school history in terms of kills as she now has 1,085 career slams. She also starred in her 133rd game, fourth in program history. Kanas also added seven blocks and three digs to her stats against the Cyclones. Reagan Cooper continued to impress at the net as she recorded 11 kills on the day while amassing three digs and a block.

Defensive, Maddie Correa posted 10 excavations and KJ Adams was right behind with eight of his own. As a team, the Red Raiders had 10.5 blocks Maddie O’Brien had four, Rhodes had three, and Jones added two more.

HOW IT HAPPENED
set one

The Red Raiders started the set with a 5-3 advantage after kills from Sauer, O’Brien and Cooper. Iowa State responded with a 4-0 run, but Tech scored three straight points on ISU errors and a block from Kanas and Rhodes for an 8-7 lead. The Cyclones would score six of the next nine points to go into the media timeout with a 15-13 lead. The Red Raiders then closed 16-16 when Kanas pulled off a kill and then added a block. However, Iowa State responded with a 4-0 run to lead 20-16. Tech fought back and came in for three with slams from Sauer and Jones, but Iowa State would win the first set 25-21.

sentence two
Texas Tech started hot after taking a 7-3 lead early in the second set. Both teams would be tied 2-2 as Sauer and Jones accumulated a kill each. Then the Red Raiders went on a 5-0 run highlighted by kills from Kanas and Cooper to take a five-point lead. Iowa State regained some points, but the Red Raiders would get an ace from Rhodes and Correa, blocks from O’Brien, Jones and Kanas, and kills from Sauer and Jones to take a 16-8 lead. Another ace from O’Brien and slams from Sauer extended the Red Raiders’ lead to 22-10. Tech maintained his advantage and would go on to win the set 25-12 after a Cooper kill.

set three
The Red Raiders took an early lead again after taking a 4-2 lead with an ace from Rhodes, a triple block and a kill from Cooper. An Iowa State ace gave the Cyclones a lead, but it was short-lived as the Red Raiders took a 4-1 run to an 8-6 lead. The Red Raiders would go 13-11 on a solo block from O’Brien, but then the Cyclones responded with a 4-0 run of their own to reclaim the lead 15-13. Tech fought back and eventually gained four points in a row thanks to blocks from Sauer, Kanas and Rhodes to lead 18-16. Both teams traded points with a 20-20 tie before the Cyclones started a 2-1 run to lead 22-21 and force a tech timeout. Jones came out of the timeout and knocked one down to tie things back up, then Iowa State had an attacking error that gave the Red Raiders a 23-22 advantage and forced a Cyclone timeout. The Red Raiders kept fighting, but Iowa State would win the set by a score of 26-24.

set four
Iowa State went 8-1 early in the fourth set, the run stopped by Sauer’s kill. Texas Tech scored a few more points on kills from Rhodes, Kanas and Cooper, but Iowa State still held a 12-6 advantage. Tech never backed down, eventually going into the Cyclones lead with five on an overpass slam by Kanas, 18-13. The Red Raiders would then go on a 3-0 run as Cooper grabbed back-to-back kills and Sauer added another to close the gap at 20-17. But Iowa State maintained its momentum to end the game, winning the fourth set 25-20.

NOTE

  • Brooke Kanas For the first time this season, he hit seven or more blocks in consecutive games, after a total of seven blocks in that game and eight blocks against Oklahoma on Wednesday.
  • Kanas now ranks fifth in school history with 1,085 kills and fourth with 133 games played.
  • Maddie O’Brien finished the game with four blocks for the seventh time this season.
  • This is the first time since September 17, 2021 that a Red Raider has hit over .700 (min 10 kills) after that Karrington Jones recorded a .750 hitting clip and 12 slams.
  • Jones’ batting average of .750 is also the best by a Red Raider (min. 12 kills) in a single game this year.
  • Texas Tech accumulated its best hitting percentage in conference play after picking up a .312 batting clip. This is also the first Big 12 match this season in which the team scored over .300 points.

Next
The Red Raiders are finally home after their two-game road trip when they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena.

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