LUBBOCK, Texas – Breeann David led Texas Tech with 17 kills while Aubree Piper added 12 of her own to help Texas Tech open its home slate in style Tuesday evening with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-17, 25-19) of Abilene Christian at the United Spirit Arena.
The victory, Tech’s fourth straight heading into this weekend’s tournament at Washington State, improved the Red Raiders (4-1) to 31-7 all-time in home openers. It was also the third-straight year Tech had claimed a 3-0 victory in its first match on its home floor.
“We were pleased to get out 3-0 in the home opener,” said Tech head coach Don Flora, who is now 3-0 in home openers. “There are always a few jitters with it being the first time you play in front of your home crowd. We still have a few things to work on but I was proud of our effort tonight.”
Facing ACU (2-2) for the first time since 1983, Tech put the Wildcats in early holes in each of the opening two sets before closing the match on a 9-4 run to breakup what was then a close third set. This was the first of two matches this year between the two schools who will meet again next Tuesday in Abilene.
Like she was last weekend at Weber State, David played an important factor in Tech’s attack all night as she extended her season-opening streak of being in double figures for kills to five straight.
David opened the match 8-for-10 on kills in the opening set alone before finishing 17-for-34 with just one error for a .471 hitting percentage that her highest of the season and second-highest of her career. She also came close to a double-double with eight digs to go along with four blocks and three of Tech’s four aces.
Piper was also accurate from the field as she went 12-for-22 for a .364 hitting percentage. Tech wrapped the match hitting .256 as a team, its second-highest average so far this season.
Tech held ACU to just a .080 hitting percentage as the Wildcats totaled 24 attacking errors, 10 of which that came off Red Raider blocks. Corrie Reeder and Jennifer Loerch led the Wildcats with eight kills apiece.
Rachel Brummitt led the Red Raider back row with 15 digs while Emily Wright also added six and Emily Ruetter posted five to go along with her 33 assists and two blocks.
The Red Raiders open the Cougar Challenge at 12:30 p.m. CT Friday afternoon against Montana. Tech will also face host Washington State late Friday evening before closing the tournament against South Dakota State and Eastern Washington on Saturday.