OGDEN, Utah – Breeann David totaled 20 kills while Rachel Brummitt notched 26 digs en route to leading Texas Tech to a 3-1 victory (25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 25-14) over Weber State to close the Wildcat Invitational Saturday afternoon at Swanson Gymnasium.
The victory earned Tech (3-1) a share of the tournament championship with the Wildcats, who also finished the weekend with a 3-1 weekend.
“It was a fantastic early season environment,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “It was two teams playing at a very high level and I was very happy with the passion and energy that we displayed tonight for the first time this season. Weber State is a very well coached team, so this was an important win.”
Tech split the opening two frames with the Wildcats and then recovered from an 18-14 deficit in the third set to retake the lead after winning nine of the final 11 points. The Red Raiders hit .480 as a team in the final frame, its highest percentage in a set during the tournament, to put the Wildcats away.
David made sure the Wildcats would not rally and force a fifth set with seven of her match-high 20 kills coming in the fourth set alone. The junior hit .405 after taking 42 attempts with just three errors. She also added three aces and seven digs as well.
The performance gives David 64 total kills already this season as she reached double figures in all four matches this weekend, marking the longest such streak to start a season since Alicia Ostmeyer had at least 10 kills in the first five contests of the 2007 season.
It was also the first time in David’s career and first time since Amanda Dowdy late in the 2011 season that a Tech player recorded 20 or more kills in back-to-back matches. David totaled a career-high 21 kills earlier in the morning against Grand Canyon.
Brummitt, meanwhile, recorded her ninth career 20-dig performance as the junior libero led a Tech defense that held Weber State to a .179 hitting percentage. Carlie Foust also added nine digs while Emily Wright posted seven and Emily Ruetter notched six to go along with her 52 assists.
Aubree Piper gave Tech a boost in the middle with 14 kills while Mikia Mills matched her career high from earlier in the morning with 12 kills. Piper hit a match-high .429 off 28 attempts and two errors to lead the Red Raiders to a .245 team attacking percentage.
Rebecca Fuchs led Weber State with 16 kills as well as 10 digs while Audrey Biggs was also in double figures with 12 kills. Whitney Hunt also recorded a double-double for the Wildcats with 40 assists and 15 digs.
David was named the tournament’s Co-MVP following the match, while Brummitt and Mills both earned all-tournament team honors.
The Red Raiders open their home slate this Tuesday (Sept. 3) as Abilene Christian travels to the United Spirit Arena for a 6 p.m. first serve.