Texas Tech Defends Home Floor, Wins Lonestar Showdown|
Breeann David was named the tournament MVP Saturday after her 14-kill performance.
Sept. 1, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech extended its season-opening winning streak to seven Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders claimed the Lonestar Showdown title with a 3-1 victory (25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16) over Northwestern State at the United Spirit Arena.
Breeann David connected a team-high 14 kills to lead the Red Raiders after taking 32 swings that resulted in only two errors. The sophomore, who hit a season-high .375 in the match, was named the tournament MVP as she also totaled 12 digs, marking her second career double-double and first of the season.
Emily Ehrle and Aubree Piper each chipped in eight kills for the Red Raiders (7-0), who were taken to a fourth set for the first time all weekend. Miara Cave and Lydia McKay also added seven and six kills each to balance the Tech attack.
"It is always good to see different people step up at different times," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "I give Northwestern State a lot of credit for having a good game plan in making us work hard throughout the entire match. I'm real proud of Breeann David and Rachel Brummitt for really being good for us again today."
The Red Raiders finished the match hitting .283, their second-highest average of the season, while also holding Northwestern State to a .116 mark that was caused in part due to Tech's 17-5 advantage in blocks.
In addition to her work offensively, David also recorded a career-high seven blocks in the contest, breaking her previous mark of six set most recently just the night before against San Jose State.
A day after setting the Tech record for most digs in a three-set match, Brummitt once again found the 20-dig mark as she scooped up 21 while Emily Wright also was in double-digits with 10. Brummitt and Wright both added a pair of aces as Tech posted a season-high nine in the match.
Brummitt and Piper joined David as post-tournament honorees as they were both on the all-tournament team.
Caiti O'Connell led the Northwestern State offense with 19 kills while Mackenzie Neely and Kelly Jimenez were both in double digits with 12 and 11 kills each as well.
The Lady Demons hit .278 to win the second set and tie the match early as the Red Raiders committed seven of their 13 attacking errors overall in the frame alone.
The Red Raiders will take only a day off before returning to the court Monday afternoon to face North Texas. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.