Brummitt's Record Night Not Enough to Stop Oklahoma|
Nov. 20, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Not even a school-record 36 digs from Rachel Brummitt could derail Oklahoma Wednesday evening as the Sooners closed the fourth set on a 15-3 run to secure a 3-1 victory (25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-18) over Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena.
Brummitt, already the Tech single-season record holder for digs, put her name in the Tech almanac once again, breaking Ann Romjue's four-set set record of 33 that was set on Nov. 17, 2002, against Texas A&M.
The performance also matched Romjue's overall digs record that was set on Nov. 18, 2000, against the Aggies once again. It was the second 30-dig outing in Brummitt's career as she also totaled 34 on Sept. 14 last year against Houston Baptist.
The Red Raiders (9-21; 2-12), even with Brummitt's career night and 22 kills from Breeann David, could not slow down Oklahoma (21-7; 9-5), however, as the Sooners that hit .200 for the match with 19 kills from Sallie McLaurin.
"Rachel, and really Bree, too, was phenomenal tonight," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "It was disappointing we couldn't score the win after that type of effort. For Rachel to have 36 digs in just four sets, that's just a testament to her hard work and effort."
Oklahoma, which cruised to a quick 2-0 lead, prevented the Red Raiders from extending the match to a fifth and decisive set with their late run in the fourth when the Red Raiders led 15-10 overall.
The Sooners took advantage of a slumping Tech offense that featured nine attacking errors and only eight kills in the fourth set alone. The negative hitting percentage dropped the Red Raiders to a .106 average for the match.
"Credit Oklahoma for playing a solid match," Flora said. "We had our chances to win the second and fourth sets, but you can't make that many errors and beat what I consider an NCAA Tournament team. I was proud how we came back and won the third, but I really wish we could have forced that fifth set and seen what could happen."
McLaurin led the way for Oklahoma as she was one of three Sooners in double figures for kills, joining Madison Ward and Kierra Holst who had 11 each. The senior hit well below her season average with just a .264 percentage but managed to frustrate Tech at the net with a match-high six blocks.
David, meanwhile, was Tech's most reliable attacker throughout the match, totaling 21 of her 22 kills in the opening three sets while finishing with an efficient night thanks to a .263 hitting percentage. She also managed 11 digs from the back row for her fourth double-double of the season and seventh of her career.
She was one of three Red Raiders to record a double-double, joining Jenna Allen and Emily Ruetter. Allen connected on 10 kills to go along with 11 digs while Ruetter dished out 43 assists while collecting 14 digs from the setter position.
Meghan Stacy balanced out Tech's assortment of players in double figures as she recorded 11 kills after earning her first start of her career from the right. Aubree Piper also added six kills as well.
Oklahoma finished with five players in double figures for digs, led by Taylor Migliazzo with 19 followed by Eden Williams and Julia Doyle with 15, Keila Rodriguez with 14 and Mindy Gowen with 10. Doyle also distributed 43 assists for Oklahoma's lone double-double.
The Red Raiders return to the road for the final time this season on Saturday, traveling to Kansas for a 1 p.m. first serve that can be seen live on ESPN3.com.