Red Raider Volleyball Concludes Trip to Hawaii|
The Red Raiders concluded their Spring Break Trip with a 3-1 loss to Hawaii Friday evening.
March 16, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech volleyball program ended its week-long trip to Hawaii Friday evening with a competitive 3-1 loss to the University of Hawaii that was played in front of 1,747 fans at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Red Raiders won the opening set against the Rainbow Wahine, 25-18, before dropping the next three frames, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17. Tech hit .406 in the first set alone to take its lone point off Hawaii, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
"We played a fantastic team, in a phenomenal spring atmosphere and played at a high, high level for much of the match," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "The entire roster played and contributed, which is what the spring is all about. We continue to see growth in the areas we are emphasizing in spring training and practice."
Newcomer Jenna Allen led the Red Raiders with 14 kills on the outside while Breeann David also added 13 of her own. Mikia Mills and Aubree Piper chipped in nine and seven kills each in the middle as well.
Allen and David both finished with double-doubles as they totaled 10 digs each from the back row. Rachel Brummitt led all players with a match-high 18 digs while Emily Ruetter recorded six digs to go along with her 31 assists.
Despite the accurate attack early, Tech finished with a .181 hitting percentage compared to Hawaii's .229 average. The Red Raiders had just one attacking error in the opening frame before finishing with 23 overall.
Ashley Kastl led Hawaii with 16 kills and eight digs while Tai Manu-Olevao added 10 kills as well. Mita Uiato powered the Wahine back row with 12 digs to go along with 44 assists and five kills.
The match concluded a week-long stay for the Red Raiders, who also fell to Hawaii-Pacific in five sets earlier in the week. In between the two exhibition matches, Tech spent the week training and experiencing the Hawaiian attractions.
The Red Raiders resume their spring slate on March 28 with home matches against Midland College and cross-town Lubbock Christian University. Both matches will be played at the United Spirit Arena.