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Texas Tech volleyball defends home floor, wins Lonestar Showdown

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech extended its season-opening winning streak to seven Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders claimed the Lonestar Showdown title with a 3-1 victory (25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16) over Northwestern State at the United Spirit Arena.

David connected a team-high 14 kills to lead the Red Raiders after taking 32 swings that resulted in only two errors. The sophomore, who hit a season-high .375 in the match, was named the tournament MVP as she also totaled 12 digs, marking her second career double-double and first of the season.

Emily Ehrle and Aubree Piper each chipped in eight kills for the Red Raiders (7-0), who were taken to a fourth set for the first time all weekend. Miara Cave and Lydia McKay also added seven and six kills each to balance the Tech attack.

"It is always good to see different people step up at different times," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "I give Northwestern State a lot of credit for having a good game plan in making us work hard throughout the entire match. I'm real proud of Breeann David and Rachel Brummitt for really being good for us again today."

The Red Raiders finished the match hitting .283, their second-highest average of the season, while also holding Northwestern State to a .116 mark that was caused in part due to Tech's 17-5 advantage in blocks.

In addition to her work offensively, David also recorded a career-high seven blocks in the contest, breaking her previous mark of six set most recently just the night before against San Jose State.

Lydia McKay also posted six blocks for the Red Raiders while Emily Ruetter and Piper each added five. Ruetter finished with 38 assists from the setter position while also recording five digs.

A day after setting the Tech record for most digs in a three-set match, Brummitt once again found the 20-dig mark as she scooped up 21 while Emily Wright also was in double-digits with 10. Brummitt and Wright both added a pair of aces as Tech posted a season-high nine in the match.

Brummitt and Piper joined David as post-tournament honorees as they were both on the all-tournament team.

Caiti O'Connell led the Northwestern State offense with 19 kills while Mackenzie Neely and Kelly Jimenez were both in double digits with 12 and 11 kills each as well.

The Lady Demons hit .278 to win the second set and tie the match early as the Red Raiders committed seven of their 13 attacking errors overall in the frame alone.

The Red Raiders will take only a day off before returning to the court Monday afternoon to face North Texas. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.

MATCH NOTES

• The win extended Texas Tech's season-opening winning to seven straight, which is still the longest run to open a year since the 2003 team won eight-eight straight.

• With the win, Texas Tech is now 2-0 all-time against Northwestern State as the Red Raiders also defeated the Lady Demons during last season's Texas Tech Invitational.

• The win improved Texas Tech to 21-2 under head coach don Flora in non-conference matches and 18-1 when playing in a tournament setting.

• The tournament title was already the fifth for the Red Raiders under Don Flora. It was also the 55th all-time tournament title for Tech in school history.

• The Red Raiders have also defended their home court well under Flora as Tech is 6-0 in non-conference matches during his two seasons.

• With the win, Flora is now 291-76 as a collegiate head coach 22-17 while at Texas Tech.

• For the second-straight match Don Flora went a more-experienced starting lineup, using seniors Miara Cave and Tory Vaughan along with junior Aubree Piper, sophomores Breeann David, Mikia Mills, and Rachel Brummitt and freshman Emily Ruetter. It was the second-straight match only two newcomers were in the starting rotation.

• Breeann David's 14 kills and .375 hitting percentage both marked season highs. She also totaled 10 digs for her second career double-double. It was her first double-double since totaling 15 kills and 12 digs on Sept. 26 last year at New Mexico.

• In addition to her work offensively, David also recorded a career-high seven blocks, barely breaking her previous mark of six that was most recently matched Friday evening against San Jose State.

• Rachel Brummitt found the 20-dig mark for the third time this season as the sophomore finished with 21 in the match. Brummitt had previously totaled 27 the night before against San Jose State to set the Tech single-match record for most digs in a three-set match.

• Emily Wright found double digits in digs for the third time this season as she posted 12 against Boston College and 10 against both San Jose State and Northwestern State.

• The Red Raiders' .283 hitting percentage was their second-highest of the season, behind the .363 mark set Aug. 24 against Binghamton.

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