Red Raiders Overcome Early Deficit to Drop North Texas
The Red Raiders improved to 8-0 on the year thanks to Monday's 3-1 victory over North Texas.
Sept. 3, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Breeann David connected on 16 kills to lead four Texas Tech players in double digits as the Red Raiders topped North Texas, 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22), Monday afternoon at the United Spirit Arena.
The win improved the Red Raiders to 8-0 on the year heading into this weekend's tournament at the University of Montana. It matches the best start to a season since 2003 when Tech also won its first eight matches.
"Today's win was against a very solid North Texas team that is good now and will get better this season," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We give them a lot of credit for coming out with a good game plan. It was nice to see contribution from a lot of people and players off the bench ready to go. I think it's really important to know that we can be a physical team and we are going to get nothing but better."
The match mirrored last year's meeting between the two schools as the Mean Green (7-2) took the opening set, only for the Red Raiders to battle back to earn the victory in four. It was only the second time Tech has dropped the opening set this season.
The performance marked the first time Tech had four different players with double-digit kills since falling to No. 25 Oklahoma in five sets on Oct. 1 last year in Lubbock.
Emily Ruetter turned in her finest performance of the year with a season-high 54 assists and 20 digs, marking her fourth double-double of the season through only eight matches. David also added her second-straight double-double as well with 16 digs.
The Red Raiders finished with a .224 hitting percentage that was boosted in part by Piper's season-high .524 average and a .400 mark from Stacy. North Texas, despite six fewer attacking errors than Tech, wrapped the match with a .197 average.
Carnae Dillard finished with 17 kills and 15 digs to lead the Mean Green, who became only the second non-conference opponent in Flora's tenure to out-block the Red Raiders thanks to an 11-6 advantage.
The Red Raiders will face Towson at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday to start the Best Western Grant Creek Inn Invitational. Tech will also face Furman and host Montana during the two-day tournament.