LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas erased a near record-setting performance from Rachel Brummitt Wednesday evening as the 23rd-ranked Jayhawks cruised to a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-23, 25-16) of Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena.
The loss prevented Tech (8-13; 1-5) from building on a previous victory over TCU last Saturday as the Red Raiders fell to 8-13 on the year and 1-5 so far in Big 12 play. Kansas, meanwhile, improved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in league action.
“Kansas was very effective in rallies and was very effective in transition,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “I have to give them credit. They put some balls away in transition and in crunch time, several things of which we talk about as a program. That’s an area for us to improve upon.”
Brummitt kept the Red Raiders engaged in the match throughout the night as the junior recorded a match-high 24 digs, 15 of which that came in the second set where Tech led 23-18 before Kansas rallied with a 7-0 run to close the set and steal any built momentum away from the Red Raiders.
The performance was another memorable one for Brummitt, who finished just three digs shy of tying her own Tech single-match record for digs in a three-set match. It was her 11th contest this year with at least 20 digs and her most in a three-set match so far this season.
“We’ve moved Rachel around and tried a few different things defensively to try to get her to touch the ball as much as possible,” Flora said. “In three sets, having 20-plus digs is just tremendous. She’s really special and has done a good job receiving as well. She’s really setting the tone defensively for us right now.”
Kansas hit .264 for the match thanks in part to averages over .300 in both the first and third sets. The Jayhawks totaled just 13 attacking errors, nine fewer than the Red Raiders, who wrapped the night hitting just .131 overall.
Sara McClinton led the Jayhawk attack with 13 kills and a .462 hitting percentage, while Caroline Jarmoc and Chelsea Albers added nine and seven kills each as well. Erin McNorton came close to the match’s only double-double as she dished out 35 assists while also recording nine digs.
The Red Raiders found their most success throughout the night in the middle as Aubree Piper and Mikia Mills combined for 18 of Tech’s 38 kills in the match with both hitting over .350 as well.
Playing in Tech’s annual Pink Match, Piper, whose grandmother was one of several breast cancer survivors recognized pregame, was especially efficient with a team-high 11 kills off 24 attacks and no errors.
Mills finished with seven kills and a .357 hitting percentage, while on the outside Jenna Allen connected on eight kills and Breeann David added seven. Emily Ruetter concluded the night with 36 assists to go along with three digs and a block.
The Red Raiders return to the road this weekend, traveling to the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Ahearn Fieldhouse.