First Set Victory Lifts TCU to 3-0 Sweep of Texas Tech
Rachel Brummitt totaled 12 digs to snap the Tech single-season record Wednesday evening.
Nov. 7, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - TCU overcame a 24-21 first-set deficit and carried that momentum into a 3-0 sweep (32-30, 25-22, 25-19) of Texas Tech Wednesday evening at the United Spirit Arena.
The Red Raiders (13-15; 2-10) trailed early in the opening frame before rallying to take a 24-21 lead, only for TCU (14-10; 3-8) counter with three-straight points. Tech had three more tries to close the frame, but attacking errors hampered the Red Raiders down the stretch.
Tech recorded 12 attacking errors in the opening frame alone before finishing with 25 in the match, 10 more than TCU's total.
"You look at game one as such a tell-tell sign of what you need to do," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We had 10 more attacking errors in the match and we had eight more in the first set alone than TCU. It kind of hinges on those kind of decisions - when to make the smart swing, when to make the big swing, when to be smart and take the shot to live another day as opposed to taking the high risk. That's the learning process for us."
TCU also trailed to start the second and third sets as well before rallying once again. The Horned Frogs hit .240 as a team as opposed to Tech's .145 average.
Yvonne Igodan led the Horned Frogs with 17 kills and a match-high .438 hitting percentage as she totaled just three attacking errors off 32 attacks. She was the only TCU player in double digits as Mattie Burleson and Sloane Sunstrum added nine kills each.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, were powered by Breeann David's career-high 19 kills that marked the second-most for a Big 12 player in a three-set match this season. The sophomore also came close to her fourth career double-double as she recorded nine digs to go along with four blocks at the net.
Despite the loss, the night was special for Rachel Brummitt, who snapped the Tech single-season digs record early in the first set before finishing with 12 overall. She passed Melissa McGehee's school-record total from 2000 as she now has 459 digs on the season.
"Rachel has very high expectations for herself and she has met them," Flora said of his first-year libero. "In the rally score era, we don't have as many opportunities to dig balls, so it's really impressive to break a record that goes back in history of this program where they had traditional scoring and had to have the ball to score."
The Red Raiders will take a full week off before traveling to the state capital to face No. 3 Texas next Wednesday in Austin. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at Gregory Gymnasium.