Red Raiders Fall to Fullerton in Tournament Finale

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech could not close the Lone Star Showdown on a positive note Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders fell to Cal State Fullerton, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-19), at United Spirit Arena.
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech could not close the Lone Star Showdown on a positive note Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders fell to Cal State Fullerton, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-19), at United Spirit Arena.

The Red Raiders (6-7) were forced into 21 attacking errors throughout the match, nine of which that came in an monumental first set where Fullerton (7-3) overcame a two-point deficit late to take the opening lead following a 5-0 run to close the frame.

Tech came into the match 6-0 this year and 29-6 all-time under head coach Don Flora when winning the opening set.

“It was one of those matches where we couldn’t get rolling after that first set,” Flora said. “Fullerton did a nice job rallying and putting us in a hole and we never came back from that which was disappointing. We’ll continue to grow and learn from this and get ready for another road trip next week.”

Tech hit only .100 as a team, its lowest percentage of the season. Fullerton, meanwhile, struggled with errors as well, totaling 17 over three sets before finishing with a .202 attacking percentage.

Alyse Hensley led the Titans with 11 kills to go along with 13 kills. She was one of two Fullerton players to record a double-double as setter Julie Consani also notched 14 digs and 31 assists.

Bree Moreland came close to being the third Titan with a double-double as she totaled nine kills in addition to a team-high 17 digs. Fullerton finished with five total players with double digits in digs en route to controlling a 72-61 advantage over Tech.

Meghan Stacy powered the Red Raider attack with nine kills, one more than Aubree Piper, who posted Tech’s highest hitting percentage with a .286 average. Piper was Tech’s lone selection to the all-tournament team.

Mikia Mills also connected on six kills to go along with a team-high four blocks. Rachel Brummitt led the back row with 23 digs, her fifth-straight match with 20 or more, while setter Emily Ruetter dished out 26 assists and totaled 11 digs for her fourth double-double this year and the 10th of her career.

Montana claimed the Lone Star Showdown title after a 2-1 showing where the Grizzlies held the head-to-head advantage over second place Fullerton. The loss dropped Tech to 1-2 on the weekend and into third place overall in the four team field.

The Red Raiders will look to recover quickly prior to returning to the road Monday evening to face Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. in San Antonio. Tech will then turn around and take on Texas State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening in San Marcos.

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