LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech played one of its best sets of the seasons Saturday afternoon with a 25-16 victory over Baylor in the opening frame.
The Red Raiders could not carry that strong play into the rest of the match, however, as Baylor rallied to take a 3-1 victory (16-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20) at the United Spirit Arena.
"I thought we played one of our most complete sets of the season starting off," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "It's unfortunate we couldn't match that the rest of the way. We got off to a bad start in the second and then could never get on much a run from there."
Baylor's 16 points in the opener marked the fewest for a Tech opponent in a Big 12 match since West Virginia totaled just 10 in a 3-1 Red Raider victory on Oct. 27 last year in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders hit .323 in the opening frame thanks to 16 kills, six of which that came off the arm of Meghan Stacy, who finished tied with Baylor's Laura Jones for the match high.
Errors began to haunt Tech from there, though, as the Red Raiders committed 10 of their 28 in the match during the second set alone. Tech hit .114 and .057 in the second and third sets before putting up a .294 percentage in the fourth.
Baylor (11-13; 3-5), meanwhile, began to find its rhythm in the second set as the Bears hit over .200 in the final three sets, including .306 and .394 percentages in the closing two frames.
Tech connected on two more kills than Baylor for the match, but the Bears were powered by a .257 percentage that was the product of just 17 errors. The Red Raiders, who also led, 58-44, in digs, finished with a .193 attacking average.
In addition to her 16 kills, Jones also was Baylor's top defensive option, totaling a team-high 14 digs to go along with four blocks. Adrien Richburg and Zoe Adom also added 12 and 10 kills each as well with Richburg doing so at an efficient rate that included no errors for a .600 hitting percentage.
Stacy ended the match two kills from matching her career and season highs as she recorded one of her best performances of the season. The sophomore took 36 swings and totaled five errors for a team-high .306 hitting percentage.
She was assisted on the attack by Aubree Piper and Breeann David, who connected on 11 and 10 kills each. Mikia Mills also added nine kills for the Red Raiders, who were fairly balanced throughout the match as all four players took at least 20 swings.
Emily Ruetter came close to her ninth double-double of the year with 39 assists to go along with eight digs. Rachel Brummitt led all players with 21 digs from the back row, her 12th match this year with 20 or more digs this year.
The loss marked Tech's fourth-straight as the Red Raiders will now turn to the second half of Big 12 play which begins with an 8 p.m. first serve Wednesday night at Iowa State. The match will air live nationally on ESPNU.