LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech got back on the winning path Friday evening as the Red Raiders topped Nevada, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21), to close the first day of the Lone Star Showdown at United Spirit Arena.
The Red Raiders (6-6) picked up 12 kills from Meghan Stacy and 11 from Breeann David in the victory that snapped a five-match losing skid. Rachel Brummitt also had 20 digs, marking her fourth-straight match with 20 or more.
“It was a good performance tonight from a team standpoint,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “It was good to have Bree (David) back, and I thought (Emily) Ruetter distributed it well. It was an important hump for us to get over, and we’ll look to for a similar performance tomorrow against a solid Fullerton team.”
The loss was the second of the day for the Wolf Pack (1-7), who previously fell in straight sets to Cal State Fullerton. Nevada totaled 24 attacking errors with only 30 kills against the Red Raiders en route to posting an .051 hitting percentage, the lowest for a Tech opponent this season.
Part of those struggles came from the work of Brummitt and Emily Ruetter on the back row as the duo accounted for 29 of Tech’s 55 digs. Brummitt recorded 11 digs in the first set alone before finishing with 20 while Ruetter totaled nine digs, one shy of her second straight double-double as she also dished out 32 assists.
Tech was also physical at the net, collecting 9.5 blocks overall with four each coming from Sam Podraza and Aubree Piper. It was the most blocks for the Red Raiders since recording 10 against Abilene Christian on Sept. 3.
Piper also had a career-high seven digs to go along with six kills in the middle. She and fellow middle blocker Mikia Mills both hit over .300 in the match as they combined for 12 kills and seven blocks.
Sam Willoughby led Nevada with 10 kills while Grace Anxo added nine as well. Kara Kesser collected 12 digs from the back row and Dana Holt distributed 22 assists from the setter position.
Montana wrapped the first day of the Lone Star Showdown with the tournament title already in hand as the Grizzlies topped both Tech and Cal State Fullerton in straight sets.
Tech and Fullerton will battle for second place at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon when the two teams meet in the tournament finale. Nevada and Montana open the day with a 12:30 p.m. first serve.
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