Texas Tech VB Rebounds to Sweep UC Riverside

Don Flora (Michael Dalby)
Don Flora (Michael Dalby)
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Updated: 8/31/2013 1:29 am
OGDEN, Utah - Breeann David recorded her fourth career double-double Friday afternoon to help Texas Tech recover from a loss earlier in the day and sweep UC Riverside, 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-22), at Swanson Gymnasium.

"We played much better this afternoon," said Tech head coach Don Flora, who is now just one win shy of 300 for her career. "I was proud of our effort. Now we need to put together two more solid matches tomorrow and close this weekend on a high note."

The Red Raiders cut down on the errors that plagued them earlier in the day as Tech hit .236 in the match, just over 100 points higher than its attacking percentage against Seattle.

David came on for 12 kills and a .286 hitting percentage to lead the Red Raiders while also totaling 10 digs from the back row. It was her first double-double since totaling 16 kills and 16 digs against North Texas on Sept. 3 of last year.

She was helped on the attack by Mikia Mills, who connected for 10 kills in the middle while hitting .471 after going 10-for-17 with just two errors. Courtney Ensch dropped six kills as well while Emily Ruetter and Aubree Piper added five.

For Ruetter, it was a balanced performance for the sophomore as she kept the offense balanced with 37 assists but was also a threat herself, notching career highs in both attacks (9) and kills (5). She added four digs on the back row as well.

The Tech defense held Riverside to just an .056 hitting percentage, limiting the Highlanders into just 24 kills as a team compared to Tech's 44 for the match. Tech also out-dug Riverside, 57-40.

Rachel Brummitt joined David in double digits for digs as she recorded a match-high 18 while Carlie Foust chipped in 11 off the bench. In addition to her offense. David also totaled six blocks at the net while Mills added three.

Cristina Maietta led Riverside with eight kills while Tyler Dorsey connected on seven as well. The match was the season opener for the Highlanders.

The Red Raiders close the Wildcat Invitational Saturday with a doubleheader against Grand Canyon and host Weber State. First serve against Grand Canyon is slated for 10 a.m. CT.
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