LUBBOCK, Texas – Sophomore Emily Hill posted a team-high 10 kills, but the Red Raiders fell in three sets to No. 24 Baylor Wednesday night during the program's annual dig pink match.
The Red Raiders (13-9, 2-7), who were without setter Missy Owens for the second straight match, hung tough in the first set before ultimately dropping the match, 25-23, 25-9, 25-16.
"It was a really disconnected offense tonight," head coach Tony Graystone said. "Kyndal (Cowan) is doing everything she can, but it's just different. You see tonight how much we rely on Missy, and we will get her back as soon as we can."
Tech hit .346 in the opening set, but struggled through the remainder of the contest, and Baylor (17-5, 7-2) took advantage. Tech finished hitting .200 for the match to Baylor's .452.
"We gave them way too many opportunities," head coach Tony Graystone said. "When we weren't scoring, we weren't putting ourselves in position to take anything away defensively. We would give them too many swings on the same rally, and they would eventually put it away. We have to serve tougher, and we have to put our offense together and put them on their heels a little bit."
Sophomore Emily Hill posted a team-high 10 kills on 26 swings while junior Sarah Redding recorded eight kills on a team-best .533 hitting percentage. Cowan recorded 24 assists, freshman Allison White had three blocks and libero Kate Klepetka finished with seven digs to lead Texas Tech.
Baylor's Yossiana Pressley led the bears with 14 kills. Camryn Freiberg and Shelly Fanning both recorded nine kills each at clips of .533 and .692, respectively.
The match marked the start of the second half of Big 12 play. Tech entered the match in a three-way tie for sixth in the Big 12 standings along with Kansas State and Oklahoma, while Baylor sat at third behind No. 3 Texas and No. 11 Kansas.
The first set featured 11 ties as both sides came out strong offensively. With the match tied at 20-20, Baylor used a 4-0 run to gain a 24-20 advantage. The Red Raiders wouldn't go quietly, however, saving three set points before a Bear kill would close the set at 25-23.
Tech struggled to maintain its clip in the second frame while Baylor hit .682 in the set to earn a 2-0 advantage for the match.
The Red Raiders regrouped in the third, and after a service error by Baylor, trailed just 11-9. Keenan and Hill both recorded three kills in the frame, but Baylor closed out the set and the match.
The Red Raiders return to action this Saturday as they take on Kansas State (9-12, 2-6) at United Supermarkets Arena at 1 p.m. Tech pushed the Wildcats to five sets earlier this season in Manhattan.
Setter Missy Owens missed her second straight match with an injury. The junior ranks second in the Big 12 at 11.06 assists per set this season.
Tech stayed with senior Kate Klepetka at libero and Reyn Akiu starting at defensive specialist.
Each of Tech's last three opponents are ranked in the latest AVCA Top 25.
Sophomore Kylie Rittimann received her first career action at setter during the third set.