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Texas Tech Sweeps UAB and Tulane to Open Green Wave Invitational

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas Tech volleyball opened the Green Wave Invitational with sweeps of UAB and Tulane Friday. The Red Raiders hit above .300 as a team in both matches, with a season-high .392 clip against UAB.

 

Texas Tech 3, UAB 0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-18) 

The Red Raiders came out of the gate swinging in the first set, hitting .516 as a team with 17 kills on the way to a 25-17 opening set win. Tied at 13, kills from Kenna Sauer and Brooke Kanas gave Tech a two-point lead which they would not surrender the rest of the set. The Red Raiders used a 9-1 run to create set point at 24-15. The Blazers fought off a couple of set points before a kill from Karrington Jones gave Tech the set.

 

UAB made the second set close, but Tech came away with the 26-24 win. The Red Raiders jumped ahead first, leading by as much as seven at 15-8 until the Blazers rallied to tie the set at 24. A couple of UAB attack errors handed Tech the second set, giving the Red Raiders a two-set advantage.

 

The Blazers set the pace to start the third set with a 3-0 run to lead by four until the Red Raiders responded with four straight points to tie the set at nine. A five-point Red Raider swing put Tech ahead 15-11. Tech pushed the lead to six with five straight points, forcing a UAB timeout up 20-14. The Blazers responded with a 4-1 run out of the timeout, but Tech tallied the next four points to win the set 25-18 and sweep the Blazers.

 

Three Red Raiders tallied double-digit kills paced by Jones with 11 on a career-best .786 hitting clip. Sauer and Reagan Cooper each recorded 10 kills. Kanas led the squad with five blocks and added eight kills.

 

Texas Tech 3, Tulane 0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-17) 

The Red Raiders set the tempo with a strong service game in the first set, tallying five aces in the frame. Tech used a 5-0 run to take a 14-9 advantage, sparked by back-to-back aces from Alex Kirby. Sauer tallied her second ace of the first set to get the Red Raiders to the 20-point mark, 20-15. Tulane used a late run to narrow the lead to a few points but kills from Cooper and Sauer secured the 25-20 opening set win.

 

The second set opened with a kill from KJ Adams. Tech continued to build on the lead forcing a Green Wave timeout at 8-3. Kirby’s third ace of the match put the Red Raiders up 13-6. Sauer matched Kirby with her third ace of the match to make it 20-11 in favor of Tech. The Red Raiders closed out the set on an 8-0 run, ending with an emphatic block from Reese Rhodes. Tech held Tulane to -.097 hitting in the second for a dominant 25-11 set win.

 

Both sides traded points to start the third set until a 6-1 run put the Red Raiders up by five, 16-11. Tulane cut the lead to a couple with a three-point swing, but Tech came roaring back taking six of the next seven points for a 22-15 advantage. The rally was capped off by Alex Torres’ third ace of the set. The Red Raiders finished off the Green Wave with back-to-back kills from Cooper for the second sweep of the day.

 

Tech tallied a season-high 11 service aces in the win. Sauer recorded a career-high four aces while Torres and Kirby each had three and Adams added one. Kirby finished with a double-double of 28 assists and 12 digs. Sauer and Cooper recorded nine kills apiece to lead the Red Raiders.

 

UP NEXT 

Texas Tech closes out the Green Wave Invitational and the non-conference schedule against Sam Houston Saturday at 11 a.m. in Birmingham.

 

For the latest information on the Texas Tech volleyball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechVB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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Release provided by Katie Moseley Texas Tech Athletics


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