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Red Raider Volleyball beats Northwestern State

Provided by: Texas Tech University

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball wrapped up the Lone Star Showdown with a 3-0 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena.

The Red Raiders swept the Lady Demons: 25-21, 25-20 and 25-15. Junior Lauren Douglass and senior Jenna Allen earned All-Tournament Team accolades for their performances over the weekend. It’s the fourth honor for Douglass this season and the second for Allen.

Tech’s win on Saturday signaled the end of non-conference action, going 11-3 over that stretch.

“It was really important to play well today on defense,” head coach Don Flora said. “To out-dig a very complete Northwestern State defensive team means a lot."

It was the 12th time this season the Red Raiders have tallied more digs than their opponents, going 11-1 when doing so. Junior Marguerite Grubb took the lead on that front, posting 15 digs to go along with her 34 assists for a double-double.

Four Red Raiders recorded eight or more kills against the Lady Demons, led by Allen with 10. She recorded double-digit kills in back-to-back matches for the first time this season, connecting on 13 against Washington State on Friday night. Sophomore Victoria Hinneburg and Douglass each had nine kills, while freshman Sarah Redding followed closely with eight.

The Red Raiders controlled the first set with 14 kills on a clip of .407. Grubb assisted on 13 of Tech’s kills, while also leading in digs with seven. Hinneburg led the way on the attack with four kills, followed closely by Douglass and Redding. The Red Raiders climbed to a 20-14 lead in the first frame, before a late push by the Lady Demons closed the gap to 23-21. Kills by Grant and Hinneburg wrapped up a 25-21 set one win for Tech.

The second set featured 18 kills for the Red Raider attack led by Redding, who picked up five in the set to give her a team-high of eight at the half. Grubb added 12 assists and eight digs to notch her second double-double in as many days. The second frame was only tied once at 6, but the Red Raiders rattled off six-straight points to take a lead that they would hold for the duration of the half. Back-to-back kills by Redding closed out a 25-20 set two for Tech.

Texas Tech secured a double-double in each match of the Lone Star Showdown, with Grubb accomplishing the feat against Portland State and Northwestern State, sandwiched by Allen against Washington State.

The Red Raiders put up a cleaner attack in the final set, notching 13 kills and only two errors for a hitting percentage of .423. Accounting for almost half of Tech’s kills was Allen, with six. The only lead the Lady Demons would have hold after halftime was after grabbing the opening point. The Red Raiders maintained a nice cushion midway through the set before grabbing six of seven points to take a 20-10 lead late to eventually put Northwestern State away, 25-15.

“We have learned a lot about how and where we need to focus as we continue to grow as a team in 2015,” Flora said. “We will keep a daily growth mentality and get to work as a team.”

The Red Raiders begin Big 12 action at home on Wednesday, Sept. 23, against Oklahoma at 6 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena.

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