Rice Downs Texas Tech in Tournament Finale
Rachel Brummitt led Texas Tech with 18 digs in a 3-0 loss Saturday evening.
Sept. 15, 2012
HOUSTON - Rice erased five Texas Tech set points attempts in a pivotal second frame and carried that momentum into a 3-0 (25-23, 38-36, 25-21) sweep of the Red Raiders Saturday evening at Tudor Fieldhourse.
The Red Raiders (11-3) led 24-22 late in the second frame before Rice (7-7) rallied and took advantage of a wide Tech attack to win 38-36 in its eighth attempt to win the set. The set was the longest for Tech since facing Texas A&M on Oct. 10, 2001.
The Owls carried that momentum into the third as well, giving Tech its second loss on the day. The Red Raiders had not previously dropped consecutive non-conference matches during the Don Flora era.
"We talked after the match that this was a learning experience," Flora said. "There is so much we can learn from this, and if we shy away from examining ourselves and how we intend to grow, then that would be a disappointment. I don't think we will, though. I really like this team and what they are about, so I think we will learn a lot from what we did today."
Nancy Cole and Laurie McNamara led the Owls with 17 and 15 kills each to help Rice finish with a .280 hitting percentage, the second-highest for a Tech opponent this season.
Rice finished with five players in double digits for digs, with Daniela Arenas leading the way with 20 followed by Noelle Whittlock with 15. Tyler Jenkins, Kimberly Vaio, and Megan Murphy rounded out the group with 10 digs each.
For the second-straight match, the Red Raiders struggled with miscues as Tech totaled 21 attacking errors and nine serving errors. Tech finished with a .168 hitting percentage, marking its third time under .200 this year.
McKay finished in double digits for the third-straight match as she was Tech's only selection on the all-tournament team. The freshman also combined with Stacy for a team-high four blocks.
The Owls recorded five aces on the Tech defense that was led by Rachel Brummitt with 18 digs on the back row. Stacy added 10 digs as well to finish a kill shy of her fifth double-double of the season.
The Red Raiders will travel to Nevada on Wednesday in the final non-conference test prior to the start of Big 12 play next Saturday against Kansas. Tech and the Wolfpack are slated for a 9 p.m. CT first serve in Reno.