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Texas Tech gave Aubree Piper quite the sendoff Saturday afternoon.
The Red Raiders, backed by 10 kills from Piper, celebrated Senior Day with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-23, 25-18) of TCU at the United Spirit Arena, marking Tech's first three-set victory over a Big 12 opponent since defeating Texas A&M on Nov. 18, 2006, at home.
"This is two years in a row that we've celebrated our seniors and sent them out with a victory," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "I think that shows how much this team cares for each other. It's a tribute to Aubree Piper and her work, effort and emotion with her team and really setting the tone. It was a nice way for her to go out."
In their final match this season, the Red Raiders (10-22; 3-13) came out strong, opening with 4-1 leads in both the first and second sets before having to rally in the third with a 14-2 run to close the match and secure the sweep.
Piper, Tech's lone senior playing her final match, paved the way with five blocks to go along with her 10 kills, eight of which that came in the final two sets. The Amarillo native, who was honored prior to the match, hit a team-high .360 for the match while adding a pair of aces and digs.
She wraps her career not only with a victory but also with her name in the Tech record book as well. Piper' .249 career hitting percentage ranks eighth all-time at Tech while her 221 block assists, five of which that came against TCU, move her past Stacey Blasingame (1983-85) and into a tie with former teammate Miara Cave (2009-12) for ninth in the career record book.
"I couldn't ask for anything better," Piper said following the match. "That's all I wanted was for us to win and everyone to play their hearts out and everyone did. That's something I am going to get to take with me for the rest of my life."
Breeann David also added 10 kills and 10 digs as the junior closed the year with her third straight double-double and sixth of the season. She and Piper were assisted on the attack by Jenna Allen and Meghan Stacy, who connected on nine and five kills apiece.
The Red Raiders slightly trailed TCU in both blocks and digs but managed to stay fairly error-free throughout the match, totaling just 15 attacking miscues for a .225 hitting percentage, their highest average in a Big 12 match this year.
The Horned Frogs hit only .103 for the match after posting a negative attacking percentage in the third set. TCU finished with 24 attacking errors, several of which that occurred during Tech's run in the final frame.
Ashley Smith powered TCU with a double-double performance as she totaled 12 kills to go along with 11 digs. Blaire Pickens added eight kills while setter Alexia Heist distributed 16 assists to go along with 13 digs.
Rachel Brummitt, the reigning Defensive Player of the Week, boosted the Tech back row with a match-high 16 digs that pushed the junior libero over the 600 dig mark for the season. She was helped by Emily Wright, who had 14 digs as well as three kills off just seven attacks. Emily Ruetter dished out 33 assists while posting five digs and three blocks.
The victory marked the second-straight year Tech has sent its senior class out with a win as the Red Raiders also defeated Kansas State, 3-1, a year ago. Tech had also not closed a season with a win since sweeping Iowa State, 3-0, on Nov. 25, 2000, in Lubbock.