WACO, Texas – Zoe Adom and Adrien Richburn led Baylor with 11 kills each as Baylor hit .321 Wednesday night in a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) of Texas Tech at the Ferrell Center.
The loss prevented Tech from capitalizing on its victory from a week ago over Kansas State. The Red Raiders (9-19; 2-10), who hit just .113 as a team, came into the match looking for back-to-back conference wins for the first time since 2005.
“I thought we stayed in set one fairly well until late,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “Once again we have to learn ways to finish. To be a better Red Raider volleyball team, the effort has to show throughout the match. It was good to see some people come off the bench and give us some production but we have to learn how to finish.”
Baylor (12-16; 4-8) gave the Red Raiders several opportunities early, totaling eight service errors in the first set alone. Tech, though, totaled just eight kills in the opening frame in what ended up being a difficult night offensively.
The Bears ended the night with 12 service errors but took advantage of 47 kills and just 12 attacking miscues for their highest hitting percentage during Big 12 play this season.
Both Richburb and Adom were accurate from the field, totaling .500 and .375 hitting percentages individually. They were assisted with nine kills and 12 digs from Laura Jones and then eight kills from Nicole Bardaji.
Aubree Pper and Meghan Stacy posted Tech’s highest kill total with six overall followed by Mikia Mills and Breeann David with five apiece as well.
The Red Raiders had a chance to extend the match in the third with a 19-16 lead that quickly dwindled as Baylor rallied with a 9-3 run to close that match that included wins in each of the final six points.
Emily Ruetter spent most of the night at setter, dishing out 17 assists to go along with six digs before Marguerite Grubb relieved her early in the third set where she delivered eight assists and two kills.
Emily Wright led the Red Raider back row with 13 digs, finishing just one off her career high that she set earlier this year against Texas State. It was her most digs ever during Big 12 play.
Rachel Brummitt also added 12 digs in what was evenly-match contest on the back row where both teams totaled 46 digs each. Baylor out-blocked Tech, 10-4, overall.
The Red Raiders will look to rebound Saturday when they welcome No. 1 Texas to the United Spirit Arena for a 1 p.m. first serve. Tech closes the year with three of its final four matches at home.
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