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Red Raiders Hold off Bucknell in Five-Set Thriller
FULLERTON, Calif. (Texas Tech Press Release) – Powered by four players in double figures in both kills and digs, and a career performance form Marguerite Grubb, Texas Tech outlasted Bucknell in five sets on day two of the Titan Classic, in Fullerton, Calif., on Saturday.
The Red Raiders move to 2-0 overall this season, and 8-8 in five-set matches during head coach Don Flora’s tenure.
Tech started strong, taking the first set, 25-19. The Red Raiders fell behind in the second set and came all the way back before falling, 32-34. However, Tech struck back in the third with a dominating 25-12 performance, dropped the fourth set, 24-26, and slammed the door in the fifth, jumping out to a 7-0 lead, and winning, 15-8.
The difference for the Red Raiders was responding to losing sets. The first turning point in the match was when Texas Tech, after dropping the second set, closed the third set on a 15-4 run to snag the third set and regain control of the match. After losing the fourth set, they jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the fifth to put the match out of reach.
“Our team had some pressure put on them by a real quality defensive team, in Bucknell,” Flora said. “I thought it was a good deal for us to have to play through that type of pressure. Our middles were very solid again today, and that’s an area we have worked on diligently in the preseason. Rachel [Brummitt] was tremendous both on the serve receive and at the service line.”
Tech continued its hot offensive start, connecting for 85 kills, and hitting .273. The Red Raiders also had more assists (78), digs (88) and total blocks (15.0) than Bucknell.
Texas Tech got a career performance from sophomore setter Marguerite Grubb, who amassed 67 assists, annihilating her previous high of 38, and turned in a career-high 11 digs. It was the second double-double of her career. Jenna Allen turned in her seventh double-double as a Red Raider, doing it from the outside. She struck for 18 kills and picked up 14 digs.
Lauren Douglass continued her impressive debut weekend for the Red Raiders, recording 15 kills while hitting .448, logging six digs and collecting seven blocks. Breeann David led the Red Raiders with 21 kills, and Mikia Mills recorded 11 kills, while hitting .400.
“Jenna [Allen] and Bree [David] both carried a lot of the load and did well hitting the high ball today,” Flora said.
Rachel Brummitt picked up 28 digs, and freshman Ashley Morgan earned her first double-digit dig performance as a Red Raider, with 11.
The Red Raiders will wrap up today’s doubleheader when they play the host school, Cal State Fullerton, tonight at 9 p.m., CST.