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Texas Tech outlasts KU

October 7, 2001

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Ray Bechard is not used to this new rally scoring system quite yet.

Kansas University's volleyball coach had trouble keeping up in the Jayhawks' first Game Five of the season Saturday against Texas Tech.

KU'S ABBIE JACOBSON (4) attempts to block Texas Tech hitter Yolanda
Cumbess on Saturday at the Horejsi Center. The Red Raiders won the
Big 12 volleyball match, 30-28, 26-30, 16-30, 30-21, 23-21. The
Jayhawks dipped to 11-5 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

KU'S ABBIE JACOBSON (4) attempts to block Texas Tech hitter Yolanda Cumbess on Saturday at the Horejsi Center. The Red Raiders won the Big 12 volleyball match, 30-28, 26-30, 16-30, 30-21, 23-21. The Jayhawks dipped to 11-5 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

"I thought Tech was in a position to win the match and all of the sudden we (were)," Bechard said. "It just changes so quickly."

Unfortunately for KU, the final momentum switch went the Red Raiders' way in the 30-28, 26-30, 16-30, 30-21, 23-21 victory at Horejsi Center.

"Technically, we weren't always great. We didn't make the smartest plays, but we really fought," Bechard said. "In no way are we content with the result, but we've got to find some positives in what, if you're a neutral fan, was a great match."

After splitting the first four games, the teams continued to stay close in the fifth game which goes to 15 points instead of 30 with neither squad ever leading by more than two points.

Kansas (11-5 overall, 2-5 Big 12 Conference) had a chance to win the match at 14-13, but kills by Yolanda Cumbess and Angela Mooney gave the Red Raiders (9-4, 3-2) a 15-14 advantage. The Jayhawks fought back to 16-16, but Danielle McHenry put the ball into the net, giving Texas Tech another match point.

KU's freshman outside hitter atoned for her mistake just seconds later by sending a shot hard at the feet of a Red Raider to tie the game again.

"At that time I just wanted to win," McHenry said. "I was going to do anything to win. I knew that I just had to bounce back and forget about the mistake and go back at it because if I worried about it I was just going to double the mistakes."

Sarah Rome helped keep the Jayhawks in the game, picking up two kills in KU's next four points, but her attempted kill at 21-21 sailed out of bounds and Yolanda Cumbess picked up a kill on the next point to hand KU its third straight loss.

"I don't know if, unconsciously, you fight so hard to keep the match from ending that you relax a little bit when you finally get your opportunity," Bechard said. "You've got to give (Texas Tech) credit. They made some big swings when they had to."

McHenry was subbing for Abbie Jacobson, who had hurt her shoulder in a collision with teammate Jennifer Kraft in the fourth game. Jacobson attempted to return in the fifth game, but left after the first point and had her arm iced and wrapped.

"McHenry came in and fought hard," Bechard said. "That's part of the game. You have injuries and things like that that you have to make adjustments for."

Kansas dropped the first game despite Rome's eight kills and Kyle Thomas' six kills, but won the second behind a Thomas kill and block for its 29th and 30th points.

Texas Tech imploded in the third game, putting up a negative .048 attack percentage, and the Jayhawks built a 19-6 lead before hanging on to win.

The Red Raiders led 24-13 in the fourth game before KU used a 6-1 run to pull within six, but Tech scored five of the final seven points to force the deciding game.

Kansas will travel to Nebraska on Wednesday to face the Cornhuskers, who lead the conference with a 5-0 record.

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