Brummitt Paces Texas Tech to Sweep of San Jose State
Rachel Brummitt tied the Texas Tech single-match record for most digs in a three-set match Friday evening.
Aug. 31, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Breeann David connected on 13 kills and Rachel Brummitt recorded a school-record 27 digs to help pace Texas Tech to a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 28-26, 27-25) of San Jose State Friday evening at the United Spirit Arena.
Despite the three-set win, the Red Raiders were forced to battle back-and-forth towards the end of each frame with the Spartans, surviving several late San Jose State (2-3) rallies to continue their undefeated run to start the season.
"It was great to see real high-end volleyball from both teams," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "It was a nice sign of continued growth to see us play well in crunch time. Emily Ruetter's distribution and the ball control from our defensive specialists really kept us in that match. We're proud to be 6-0, but we know we have a lot of work to get better."
Ruetter dished out a balanced attack from the setter position as Aubree Piper, Miara Cave, and Emily Ehrle all finished with nine kills each to go along with David's 13. Ruetter finished with her third double-double of the year with 38 assists and 10 digs.
Cave and Piper were accurate throughout the night with Cave finishing with a .381 hitting percentage off 21 attempts and just one error while Piper recorded a .280 average off 25 attempts and two errors. David also was accurate from the field with a .257 percentage that was hampered by two late errors.
The Red Raiders closed the match hitting .239 as opposed to San Jose State's .154 mark. The Spartans were out-blocked 10.5-3.0 and out-dug 68-57 overall.
Brummitt's performance from the libero position was a key factor in holding off the Spartans late as the sophomore transfer snapped the Tech single-match record for most digs in a three-set contest.
The Plano, Texas native, who previously tied the record of 24 against Binghamton last Friday evening at the Boston College Invitaional, broke a 21-year record that was originally set by Sheila Solomon against Houston on Nov. 16, 1990.
Mary Alice O'Reilly led San Jose with 13 kills and a .321 hitting percentage. Samantha O'Connell and Hanah Blume chipped in 12 and 10 kills each while setter Michaela Leonard finished with 36 assists.
The three-set victory closed a successful first day of the Lonestar Showdown for Tech, which defeated Texas-Pan American in straight sets earlier in the day.
The Red Raiders will go for the tournament title at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon when they face Northwestern State. The Lady Demons finished tied with San Jose State after both teams went 1-1 on Friday.