No. 22 Kansas Downs Texas Tech In Straight Sets

Breeann David leads Texas Tech with 15 kills in a 3-0 sweep Saturday afternoon
LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 22 Kansas was efficient on the attack Saturday afternoon, totaling just nine errors en route to scoring a 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-21, 25-23) over Texas Tech on Senior Day at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
 
Kansas (22-6; 12-3) recorded just four attacking errors in the opening two sets combined before finishing with a .294 hitting percentage. Tech (9-22, 2-13), meanwhile, committed 20 in the match on its way to posting just a .192 average.
 
Despite the 3-0 sweep, the match was close throughout each set as the Red Raiders barely lost the battle for kills, 44-43. Tech led early in both the first and third sets, including an 8-3 advantage in the third, before Kansas rallied late in each frame.
 
Kansas is just the second Tech opponent to record single-digit attacking errors against the Red Raiders, joining Texas, which recorded five on Nov. 16 in Lubbock.
 
The Jayhawks were powered not by one of their seven seniors but a freshman, Tayer Soucie, who connected on 13 kills while hitting at a .500 percentage with just two errors off 22 attacks.
 
Soucie also boosted Kansas at the net with a match-high six blocks that was part of nine team blocks in the match for the Jayhawks. Chelsea Albers, who had nine kills offensively, joined setter Erin McNorton with four blocks each as well. McNorton finished with a match-high 35 assists for the double-double.
 
Breeann David continued her strong play from the past week as the junior led all players with 15 kills, giving her 50 over the last year matches. David also notched her second straight double-double with 12 digs on the back row. It was her fifth double-double this year and the eighth of her career.
 
David was one of four Red Raiders to reach double digits for digs, joining libero Rachel Brummitt with 15, and Emily Wright and Emily Ruetter with 11 each. Ruetter also finished with her 12th double-double of the year after recording 34 assists from the setter position.
 
Jenna Allen helped the Tech attack with 10 kills while the trio of Aubree Piper, Meghan Stacy and Brianna Grant added five kills each as well. Piper also had a pair of aces and blocks.
 
The Red Raiders will take a full week off before closing the season next Saturday at home against TCU. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.
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