David, Stacy Spark Texas Tech to 3-1 Victory Over West Virginia|
Breeann David connected on 14 kills to help lead Texas Tech to a 3-1 victory Saturday evening.
Oct. 27, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Meghan Stacy connected on a match-high 19 kills while Breeann David added 14 to lead Texas Tech to a 3-1 victory (25-10, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15) over West Virginia Saturday evening at the United Spirit Arena.
The Red Raiders (13-12; 2-7) held the Mountaineers to a negative hitting percentage during the first set and carried that momentum into the second frame before West Virginia (8-16; 0-10) cut into Tech's lead with a third-set victory.
After hitting just .094 during the third set, the Red Raiders came back with a .360 average in the fourth to secure the win and complete the season sweep of the Mountaineers.
"Our presence early really was key tonight," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "West Virginia came back and played great in the third set, but I think the energy and focus to come back and win the fourth set really says a lot about this team. This is an important win for the team in a sense that we want to make a statement on how much growth and hard work we're showing in practice."
Tech closed the match hitting .273 as a team, its highest average during Big 12 play this year, as Stacy and David led the way with .350 and .375 percentages. The Red Raiders committed just 18 errors during the match, nine of which came in the third set alone.
Stacy's performance marked her second-straight strong outing as she matched her career high in kills that was set just a week ago at Kansas State. The freshman, who totaled eight kills in the opening set, also added five digs and a block as well.
David, meanwhile, recorded her most accurate showing during Big 12 play as she totaled just two errors off 32 swings. The Denver City, Texas product also fell one block off her career high as she finished with six from the outside.
"Our two outside hitters really brought it," Flora added. "Meghan Stacy went for 19 kills in four games kind of quietly in a way, and then Bree's (David) decision-making was so much better tonight. When we're that good on the outside, it's hard to stop us."
Nikki Attea recorded 15 kills to lead the Mountaineers, who finished with a .062 hitting percentage, the lowest for a Tech opponent during Big 12 play this year. She also added 11 digs to match her season high.
The Red Raiders maintained a 10.5-7.0 advantage in blocks as Lydia McKay joined with David to lead Tech at the net. McKay also posted four blocks to go along with nine kills and a .318 hitting percentage as well.
Rachel Brummitt anchored the Tech back row with a match-high 17 digs that led four Red Raiders in double digits as Tory Vaughan also added 16 while Emily Ruetter and Ellen Sorrells recorded 12 and 11 each, respectively.
Ruetter also dished out 43 assists for her team-leading seventh double-double of the season and first since facing Houston Baptist on Sept. 14 in the Rice Invitational opener.
The victory marked the first time the Red Raiders had defeated a Big 12 opponent in four or less sets at home since topping Kansas, 3-1, on Sept. 26, 2006. Tech swept the season series with the Jayhawks along with Texas A&M that year, which was the last time the Red Raiders had topped a conference opponent twice in a year.
The Red Raiders return to the road for a pair of matches next week, beginning Wednesday at Oklahoma and the next Saturday at No. 22 Iowa State.