The Texas Tech volleyball team (11-7, 1-4) dropped a five-setter to Iowa State (12-4, 4-1) Thursday evening at United Supermarkets Arena. The Cyclones recorded 17 blocks in the match, the most by a Tech opponent this season.
Kenna Sauer led all scorers with 20 kills, adding 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Alex Kirby matched Sauer with her sixth double-double of 53 assists and 10 digs. Brooke Kanas posted 14 kills on a .619 hitting clip and led the Red Raiders with six blocks. Karrington Jones recorded her fourth straight double-digit kill performance with 12. Four Red Raiders, KJ Adams (15), Alex Torres (13), Sauer (13) and Kirby (10) registered double-digit digs as Tech recorded 71 digs as a group.
The Red Raiders took the opening set 25-21 led by Sauer's five kills. Tech opened up a four-point lead at 10-6 before the Cyclones came storming back on a 5-2 run to pull within one. The Red Raiders pushed the lead to five, winning five of the next six points to make it 17-12. After a three-point swing brought the Cyclones within a point, Tech answered with a 5-1 run for a 23-18 advantage. The Cyclones fought off a couple of set points before a service error gave the Red Raiders the set.
Iowa State called its first timeout of the second set down 14-11 after a 7-2 run from Texas Tech. Out of the timeout, the Cyclones rallied to win nine of the next 11 points to take a four-point lead at 20-16. The Cyclones tied up the match, taking the second set 25-20.
The Cyclones took a 2-1 lead in the match with a narrow 25-23 win in the third set. The Red Raiders struck first, taking a 6-2 advantage before an Iowa State timeout. The Cyclones used a 5-0 run out of the break to take the lead, 7-6. A Tech attack error tied the match at 15, before Iowa State regained the lead, 20-17, off a 6-2 swing. The Red Raiders fought off one set point, but a kill from Candelaria Herrera gave the set to the Cyclones.
Tech won the fourth set 26-24 to extend the match to five sets for the fourth time in the last five matches. Kanas began to heat up in the frame, tallying four of the Red Raiders five points in a 5-1 run that gave Tech a 14-11 advantage. Iowa State tied the match at 18, but Tech tallied the next two points to force a timeout. An ace from Mackenzie Morgan gave Tech set point at 24-20, but the Cyclones rallied for the next four points to tie the match at 24. The Red Raiders closed out the frame with a kill from Sauer to extend the match.
The Cyclones fought off four match points before stringing together back-to-back points to win the fifth set 19-17. Tech's first match point came off an ISU attack error at 14-12 but was answered by back-to-back kills from Kenzie Mantz. The Red Raiders third match point came from another ISU attack error, but the Cyclones again responded with a kill. The Cyclones used a 4-1 run to take the fifth set and the match as Tech dropped to 1-4 in Big 12 play.
Texas Tech returns against Iowa State Saturday night at 6 p.m. at United Supermarkets Arena.