SAN MARCOS, Texas – Breeann David returned to the court Tuesday evening and delivered a career-high 23 kills, 10 of which that came in a pivotal fourth set, to help Texas Tech rally from two sets down and defeat Texas State, 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11), Tuesday evening at Strahan Coliseum.
David, who missed Monday night’s match at Incarnate Word, was assisted by Aubree Piper with 17 kills and then Rachel Brummitt, who totaled an impressive 28 digs from the back row.
The comeback victory marked the first time Tech (7-8) had rallied from a 2-0 deficit and won since defeating Boston College on Aug. 25 last year. Texas State (9-5) was previously undefeated on its floor in six matches this year.
“This was a huge win for our players,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “We stuck together and controlled what we could control. That was a big that thing we talked about at the intermission. I was really proud of how we battled back and fought hard for a solid team victory.”
It was the third 20-kill performance already this season for David, the Big 12 leader in both kills and points per set entering this week. The junior also recorded two aces, four blocks and 14 digs for her second double-double this season and the fifth of her career.
She was instrumental in Tech’s attack where the Red Raiders hit over. 280 in both of the final two sets. Tech closed the match hitting .194 as a team, just behind Texas State’s .200 percentage.
“Having Bree(ann) back was obviously important,” Flora said. “She makes a huge impact emotionally because we can do so many different things with our offense. She had a great game as did Aubree Piper in the middle with her 17 kills.”
Piper finished with four kills in the fifth and final set as the Red Raiders gained an early lead and hung on for its first five-set victory since defeating Houston Baptist on Sept. 14 last year.
The lone senior, who went for 19 kills on Monday evening, finished with a team-high .394 hitting percentage after totaling just four errors on 33 swings. It was the fourth time in the last five matches where she has hit over .300 individually.
Texas State was led by Ashlee Hilbun’s 15 kills and nine blocks as she came close to being the second Bobcat with a double-double, joining Shelby Vas Matt, who had 12 kills and 10 digs. Amari Deardorff also chipped in 10 kills as well.
Mikia Mills added eight kills for the Red Raiders, who matched their season with 10 blocks in the match, four of which that came from Mills and five that came off the hands of Piper.
Tech’s defensive efforts were highlighted by Brummitt, who finished with 20-plus digs for the eighth time this year and sixth time in the last seven matches.
She was helped on the back row by Emily Wright with a career-high 14 digs and setter Emily Ruetter, who totaled yet another double-double with 11 digs and 47 assists along with a match-high four aces. Nicole Hragyil delivered six digs as well after coming off the bench in the second set.
The Red Raiders will take a full week off before opening Big 12 play on Sept. 25 at Oklahoma. Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena on Oct. 2 for its conference home opener against No. 25 Iowa State.
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