AMES, Iowa – The Texas Tech volleyball team closed its regular season with a straight-set loss at No. 22 Iowa State Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
The Red Raiders (15-14, 4-12) finish the regular season above .500 for the first time since 2001 and will learn their postseason fate during Sunday's NCAA and NIVC selection shows. Tech wraps up the year in a tie for sixth in the league standings, its highest finish since 2001.
Iowa State (21-6, 11-5) outhit the Red Raiders .250 to .136 on its way to the 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 victory. Cyclone Samara West celebrated her senior day with 10 kills on .474 hitting, while junior Grace Lazard recorded a match-high 12 kills.
Tech was led by sophomore Emily Hill's double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs. Junior middle blocker Katy Keenan led the team with a .333 hitting percentage on her eight kills.
Setter Missy Owens also had a double-double with 28 assists and 11 digs. The junior surpassed 1,000 assists for the season and now has back-to-back 1,000 assist seasons after recording 1,225 in 2016 at Long Beach State.
Defensively, junior Reyn Akiu got the nod at the libero position and responded with a team-high 17 digs and four assists. Hill supplemented her double-double with a team-high four blocks, including one solo block, to match her career high.
Sophomore Emily Hill led Tech in kills for a team-leading 13th time this season.
Saturday was Hill's 21st double-digit kill performance in 2017 and her 12th in Big 12 play.
Hill leads the team with 11 double-doubles, earning eight of those in Big 12 play.
Setter Missy Owens eclipsed 1,000 assists for the season Saturday. It's her second straight 1,000-assist season after recording 1,225 in 2016 at Long Beach State.
Owens is now up to nine double-doubles on the year and 24 for her career.
Tech moves to 20-27 all-time against Iowa State and 10-13 in Ames.
Texas Tech will await to learn its fate for postseason competition on Sunday. The NCAA Selection Show will take place at 9 p.m. on ESPNU, and the National Invitational Volleyball Championship will announce their 32-team field later that evening.