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Texas Tech Volleyball opens season with 3-1 victory over Fordham

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CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - Emily Ehrle dropped 10 kills while Meghan Stacy added nine to lead Texas Tech to a 3-1 season-opening victory (26-24, 25-12, 27-29, 25-11) over Fordham Friday morning in the first match of the Boston College Invitational at Power Gym.

The win marked the first time the Red Raiders (1-0) have opened a season with a victory since 2008 when Tech swept North Texas in Denton.

"It was a good to see an impact from multiple athletes and different times throughout the match," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "From being youthful, we stayed pretty poised. It's always good to start off the year with a victory."

With a young roster that had four newcomers in the starting lineup, the Red Raiders battled back-and-forth early with the Rams (0-1), who led 24-22 late in the opening frame before Tech rallied with four-straight points to take the set.

Tech took control of the match from there, easily winning the second set before Fordham rallied from an early deficit midway through the third to extend the match. The Red Raiders rebounded to hit .364 in the fourth, though, to put the Rams away thanks to another early lead.

Aubree Piper and Breeann David each added eight kills for the Red Raider offense, which finished with a .243 hitting percentage, the highest in a season opener since 2002 when Tech swept Fairfield.

In her first match directing the Tech offense, freshman setter Emily Ruetter tallied 43 assists to go along with 10 digs, five blocks, and a pair of aces. Stacy nearly joined her with a double-double as she also totaled nine digs.

Rachel Brummitt led all players with 12 digs overall as she earned the start at the libero position. Piper also helped the Tech defense with a match-high nine blocks.

Lisa Hipp led all players with 13 kills for Fordham while Brennan Delsing was also in double digits with 11 kills of her own. The Rams wrapped the match hitting only .080 after totaling 38 errors.

The Red Raiders continue the Boston College Invitational later this afternoon with a 4 p.m. CT match against Binghamton.

MATCH NOTES

• The win improves Texas Tech to 2-0 all-time against Fordham as the Red Raiders had previously taken a 3-0 victory over the Rams on Sept. 7, 2007 to start the Syracuse Tournament.

• Prior to the match, Texas Tech had not won a season opener since sweeping North Texas in 2008. The victory over the Mean Green was Tech's only season-opening win since 2004 as well.

• Texas Tech starters for the season opener – Aubree Piper (MB), Emily Ruetter (SET), Breeann David (OH), Tory Vaughan (DS), Lydia McKay (MB), Meghan Stacy (MB), Rachel Brummitt (LIB).

• Head coach Don Flora used a starting lineup that consisted of three freshmen, two sophomores, a junior, and a senior. There were a total of four newcomers in the starting lineup as well.

• Texas Tech was the first Big 12 Conference team to take the court for the 2012 season as the Red Raiders opened with a 9 a.m. first serve against Fordham. New league member West Virginia is scheduled to be the next conference team to hit the court with a 1 p.m. match.

• Emily Ehrle's 10 kills in the match marked the second-straight year a Tech freshman had posted double-digits in the season opener after Breeann David posted 11 against TCU in 2011.

• Emily Ruetter's double-double marked the second-straight year a Tech setter had recorded double-digit assists and digs in the season opener after Karlyn Meyers recorded 42 assists and 15 digs against TCU in 2011. Ruetter finished with 43 assists to go along with 10 digs.

• Aubree Piper set a new career high with nine blocks in the match, topping her previous mark of eight that was set most recently against Morehead State on Sept. 3 last year. Piper's eight block assists matched her career high as well.

• The Red Raiders finished with a 14.5-8.5 block advantage, continuing a trend from a year ago where Tech was one of the top blocking teams in the country.

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