Montana Sweeps Tech in Lone Star Showdown Opener|
Rachel Brummitt collected a match-high 22 digs in Texas Tech's 3-0 loss to Montana Friday morning.
Sept. 13, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Montana delivered the first victory of the Lone Star Showdown Friday morning as the Grizzlies swept Texas Tech in the tournament opener, 3-0 (25-16, 27-25, 25-18) at United Spirit Arena.
The Red Raiders, who previously defeated Montana, 3-1, just a week ago, could not end their struggles from the past week as Tech (5-6) dropped its fifth-straight match and second this week.
The loss also marked the first time in Don Flora's tenure where the Red Raiders dropped a non-conference match on their home floor. Tech was previously 8-0 at home entering the match.
The Red Raiders totaled 21 attacking errors and eight service miscues that hurt them throughout the match. Tech hit only .122 as a team compared to Montana's .188 average that featured 18 attacking errors.
Claire McCown powered Montana (2-5) with 13 kills on the outside where she attempted 32 swings while totaling just three errors for a .312 hitting percentage. Kayla Reno also totaled 10 kills for the Grizzlies while Brooke Bray added nine.
The Red Raiders were led offensively by Aubree Piper and Breeann David, who returned to the court after missing the previous three matches. Piper totaled 12 kills in the middle to go along with a .321 hitting percentage while David connected on nine as well.
David played in all three sets but was limited to just three rotations. She recorded eight digs and a pair of blocks.
Emily Ruetter and Rachel Brummitt, meanwhile, were two bright spots for the Red Raiders as Ruetter finished with her third double-double of the year with 22 assists and 11 digs while Brummitt totaled 22- digs from the back row. It was the third-straight contest where Brummitt posted at least 20 kills.
Tech dropped to 38-10 all-time in home tournaments with the loss. The Red Raiders will look to rebound Friday evening with a 6:30 p.m. first serve against Nevada.