Texas Tech Rallies From Two Sets Down to Top Boston College
The Red Raiders are off to their first 4-0 start since 2003 after Saturday's 3-2 win over Boston College.
Aug. 25, 2012
CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - Through three matches, Don Flora had looked for his young Texas Tech team to compete from point to point. On Saturday evening, he got that effort.
After dropping two early sets, Texas Tech rallied to force a fifth frame against Boston College and then overcame a 10-5 deficit with a nine-point run to top the host Eagles, 3-2 (20-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-11), in the tournament finale at Power Gym.
"This win is massive in terms of confidence," said Flora, who has Tech off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2003. "It's massive because they stuck to the plan and stayed in system and really got more physical. We were way more physical in games three, four, and five blocking. We really started serving and passing at a high level, and we did that very well in the last three games."
Despite its struggles early in the match, Tech relied on its defense and play at the net to stage the biggest comeback in Flora's one-plus year tenure. The Red Raiders finished with a 19-9 block advantage, with 15 of those stuffs coming in the final three sets alone.
In the process, Tech also began to find its offense, beginning with a .345 hitting percentage in the third set that set the stage for the Red Raiders to build a suitable lead in the fourth and extend the match.
Boston College built a 10-5 lead in the fifth before the Red Raiders rallied once again with nine-straight points to force match point which they would take moments later off one of Aubree Piper's eight kills. The Eagles committed nine attacking errors in the final set, seven of which were forced by Tech blocks.
The come-from-behind victory marked the first time a Tech club had rallied from two sets down to win since defeating Kansas State on the road on Nov. 20, 2004.
"I have been in a few matches like this," Flora said. "It's great when you can see the motor and the energy turning, and we got that momentum going our way. It's really neat to see them stick together and trust each other. We had a lot of impact from a lot of people."
Tournament MVP Rachel Brummitt held serve throughout the nine-point run as the sophomore transfer recorded yet another solid performance on the back row with a team-high 15 digs. She was joined in double digits by Tory Vaughan with 14 digs along with Emily Wright with 12 and Emily Ruetter and Meghan Stacy with 11.
Ruetter and Stacy each finished with their second double-double of the season after Ruetter totaled 37 assists while Stacy dropped 11 kills from the left side. Emily Ehrle led the Red Raiders with 15 kills to go along with four blocks.
Katty Workman led the Boston College offense with 22 kills, including 15 in the opening two frames, while Courtney Castle added 10. Both players, along with setter Kellie Barnum, finished with double-doubles as Castle totaled 16 digs while Workman had 10 and Barnum finished with 13. Barnum also dished a match-high 44 assists.
The Red Raiders open their home schedule next weekend in the Lonestar Showdown as Texas-Pan American, San Jose State, and Northwestern State will all travel to Lubbock for the two-day tournament that begins Friday at the United Spirit Arena.
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