Washington State Sweeps Texas Tech in Nightcap|
The Red Raiders fell in straight sets Friday night to tournament host Washington State.
Sept. 6, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Texas Tech had its five-match winning streak snapped Friday night as the Red Raiders fell to Washington State in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) at Bohler Gym.
The loss dropped Tech (5-2) to 1-1 so far in the Cougar Challenge heading into Saturday's final two matches against South Dakota and Eastern Washington. The Red Raiders previously defeated Montana, 3-1, earlier in the day.
"The level of competition was fantastic tonight," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We learned a lot about how to play big points and want to compete at the highest levels. We will grow from this match and identify areas for development into the future of our season."
Unlike its previous few matches during its winning streak, Tech could never put Washington State (5-0) in a hole early into each set as both teams battled back and forth until the Cougars mounted a run late in the frame.
The Red Raiders hit only .142 in the match, its lowest average of the year, after totaling 21 attacking errors while also recording nine service errors as well. Washington State also had nine service errors but benefited from just 11 attacking errors overall.
Aubree Piper led the Red Raiders with 12 kills from the middle as the senior was efficient throughout the night with a .458 hitting percentage that came off just one error over 24 attacks. She also added four blocks and combined for one of just two Tech blocks.
Washington State gave Tech trouble with eight blocks, led by five, all assists, from Marcelina Glab. The Cougars also received 11 digs from both Kate Sommer and Jaicee Harris and nine from Sahwna Lum.
Piper was assisted on the Tech attack by Breeann David and Meghan Stacy, who both finished with seven kills each. For David, it marked the first time this year where she has not reached double figures for kills which was previously the longest streak to start a season since Kelly Johnson in 2004.
Washington State, meanwhile, featured a balanced offense that featured four players near or in double digits for kills. Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 10 kills while Emmy Allen, Ver'Leea Hardaway and Harris all recorded nine each as well.
All four players hit above .200 individually with Hardaway and Allen leading the pack with .471 and .444 percentages. Washington State closed the match hitting .273 as a team.
The Red Raiders will open the second day of the Cougar Challenge at 1 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon against South Dakota. Tech closes the tournament later that evening with an 8 p.m. first serve against Eastern Washington.