Cave, Dowdy Power Texas Tech Past Louisiana Tech
Miara Cave was named the Louisiana Tech Invitational MVP folowing Tech's 3-0 victory Saturday.
Sept. 10, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Miara Cave and Amanda Dowdy drilled 11 kills each to lead Texas Tech to the Louisiana Tech Invitational title Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders dropped the host Lady Techsters, 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 27-25), at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The win marked Tech's ninth-straight, the program's longest run since opening the 1997 season with a 9-0 record. The Red Raiders are now 9-1 on the season, while LA Tech dropped to 6-5 overall.
"It was a good challenge for us to be in someone else's house and to be on their floor playing for a tournament championship," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "To beat someone in three was good. We're on a nice little roll now, and hopefully we can keep it going."
Despite taking the first two sets handily, the Red Raiders struggled to close the match in the third as LA Tech overcame an early deficit to pull to a 24-24 tie late.
Tech came back to win three of the next four points, though, highlighted by consecutive kills by Dowdy to wrap the match. The final two kills pushed Dowdy to her seventh double-double of the season as she added a team-high 17 digs as well.
Cave, meanwhile, was accurate throughout the match as the junior finished with a .421 hitting percentage, nailing 11-of-19 attempts while adding four blocks as well. She was honored as the tournament MVP, while Dowdy and Breeann David were honored on the all-tournament team.
David finished with seven kills and seven digs, while Karlyn Meyers dropped seven kills from the setter position. Meyers joined Dowdy with a double-double after recording 29 assists to go along with 10 digs.
Tory Vaughan added 10 digs as well while Nicole Hragyil dug eight balls, seven of which that came in the opening set. Mikia Mills led Tech on the net with eight blocks as the Red Raiders maintained an 11-8 block advantage.
Bridget Benditz and Caitlin Germany led LA Tech with six kills each. The Lady Techsters posted a negative hitting percentage over the first two sets before finishing with a .016 overall average.
The match wrapped an all-week road trip for the Red Raiders who played four matches over the course five days.
Tech continues its eight-match road trip next weekend at the UT-Arlington Hilton Invitational where the Red Raiders will face Prairie View A&M, Louisiana Lafayette, and the host Mavericks over the course of next Friday and Saturday.
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