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Texas Tech volleyball loses in straight sets to Arizona State

Source: Texas Tech University Athletics Source: Texas Tech University Athletics

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Texas Tech volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision to Long Beach State on day two of the Portland State Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Peter W. Stott Center.

The Red Raiders (0-2) fell in straight sets: 25-16, 25-16, 25-23. It was the first time since 1989 the two programs had squared off.

Junior outside hitter Alyssa Ybanez led the way for Tech on the attack, racking up 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .400. It marks back-to-back matches she’s recorded the team lead in kills. She also put up four digs and three blocks. Senior setter Marguerite Grubb dished out assists on 27 of Tech’s 30 kills.

Long Beach State opened up the scoring with an early 2-0 lead, before Ybanez put Tech on the board with a kill. Despite three kills from Douglass, three errors by the Red Raiders helped the 49ers build an 11-5 advantage. LBSU was able to maintain a four-point advantage to halfway through the set at 15-11, while Tech attempted to stifle the 49er attack with kills from Ybanez and Grubb. However, a 5-0 run padded LBSU’s lead to 23-15 and would wrap up a first-set victory, 25-16.

Douglass and Ybanez each put up three kills in the first frame, while Grubb assisted on nine of Tech’s 10 kills.

Set two began with three-straight points from the 49ers, but a kill by Ybanez and back-to-back service aces at the hands of Akiu knotted it up at three. The two sides remained tied at five, until LBSU added another 3-0 run to go up 8-5. The 49ers built up a 13-7 advantage and put together another 4-0 splice, before back-to-back kills from Victoria Hinneburg and Courtney Ensch pulled Tech to 17-10. After a few back-and-forth points, the 49ers recorded a 4-0 run, followed by three consecutive attacking errors, to make it 22-14. Tech would stave off set point twice, but would fall in the second set, 25-16.

The Red Raiders only added seven kills in the second frame, with Ybanez & Ensch putting up two each. Grubb also assisted on five kills, bringing her first half total to 14. At the net, Douglass (5) and Ybanez (3) combined for eight blocks before starting the third set.

LBSU started off with another 2-0 lead before Tech got on the board in set three. Toni McDougald found her way onto the scoresheet, putting up two kills, as the Red Raiders stayed within striking distance at 9-7. A pair of kills from Ybanez & Douglass were sandwiched by 3-0 runs by the 49ers, extending their advantage to 16-10. Tech found another Douglass/Ybanez set of kills, cutting the LBSU lead to 17-13. Ybanez would be the only Red Raider to reach double-digit kills, but it would not be enough as Tech would drop the third and final set, 25-23.

The Red Raiders will wrap up the Portland State Tournament later tonight against host Portland State at 9:30 CDT.

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