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Lady Raiders volleyball picks up first win of the season

Source: Texas Tech Athletics Source: Texas Tech Athletics

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Texas Tech volleyball closed out the Portland State Tournament on a high note, picking up a 3-1 victory over Portland State on Saturday night at Peter W. Stott Center.

The Red Raiders (1-2) won the first two sets, 25-17 & 25-21, before dropping set three, 25-22. Tech got off to a hot start in the final frame and rounded out the match with a 25-17 victory in the fourth set.

Texas Tech racked up 59 kills in the four-set win over the Vikings, with three Red Raiders reaching double-digit figures. Leading the way was senior Lauren Douglass, who tallied 17 kills behind a hitting percentage of .773. Her clip was a career-best and ranks sixth all-time in a single-match in the Texas Tech record books.

Douglass was joined by junior Alyssa Ybanez (13) and freshman Hannah Henriksen (11), as the trio combined for 41 kills.

Ybanez’ 13 kills were part of a double-double performance, as she also finished the night with 10 digs. Two other Red Raiders posted 14 digs each in sophomores Reyn Akiu and Katelyn Bryant. Senior Marguerite Grubb dished out 43 of Texas Tech’s 52 assists.

Saturday’s win also marked the first victory for new head coach Tony Graystone at Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders broke a 7-7 tie early in the first set by taking nine of 10 points, building a large margin of 17-9. Other than a three-point swing by the Vikings, the Red Raiders continued to pepper in their own two-point spurts throughout the rest of the frame, before taking set one, 25-17.

Douglass and Ybanez each had five kills in the first set, with Douglass putting together a clip of .833. Grubb also notched 10 assists, while Akiu was a solid force for the defense with seven digs.

The second set produced back-and-forth action between the two offenses, producing an 8-8 tie until the Red Raiders notched a three-point run to take an 11-8 lead. The Vikings answered back with four of the next five to knot the second frame back up at 12. Hannah Henrisken tallied back-to-back kills shortly after, extending Tech’s lead to 16-13, but the Vikings responded to pull within one at 17-16. PSU would pull within one at 21-20, but Douglass added two more kills, followed by another from Grubb to polish off a set two victory at 25-21.

Douglass’ five kills in the second frame took her to double-digit marks, while also keeping her hitting percentage to a strong .714. Katy Keenan (4), Ybanez (3) and Henriksen (3) also combined for 10 kills, while Grubb racked up 14 more assists.

With the score even at 6-6 in the third set, the Red Raiders threw down four of the next five points thanks to kills by Henriksen & Grubb, along with errors by the Vikings, to take a 10-7 lead. Ybanez joined Douglass in double figures in the kills category halfway through the set, moving the Tech buffer to 12-10. The Vikings would rally back to take the lead at 14-13, signaling a timeout for the Red Raider sideline. Back-to-back kills from Henriksen would get the score back to even at 16, but a pair of kills by the Vikings helped give them a 19-16 lead late in the frame. PSU would maintain a three-point advantage as they extended the match by taking set three, 25-22.

Henriksen put up four kills in the third frame, while Douglass and Ybanez each scored three, as Douglass improved her attack percentage to .765.

The Red Raiders opened the fourth set with a 5-1 lead after the Vikings committed three errors during the six-point stretch. Tech built up a 7-2 advantage thanks to kills by Grubb & Douglass, before the Vikings responded with two points of their own. Henriksen found her way into the double-digit kill standings early in the fourth frame, helping Tech maintain a four-point lead at 12-8. Not to be outdone, Douglass racked up her 17th kill of the evening to pad the advantage to 16-10. Tech kept the gas pedal down, as they moved ahead, 18-11, before PSU called a timeout in an attempt to halt their momentum. It would not be enough as the Red Raiders were able to finish off the Vikings, 25-17, in the final frame to win their first match of the season.

 Texas Tech hits the road again next weekend for the North Dakota State Classic, as the Red Raiders will battle South Dakota State, North Dakota State and North Dakota on Sept. 2-3. 

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