It is alleged to be, the Texas Tech Red Raiders had a successful weekend at the Red Raider Classic, earning two sweeps against the Texas A&M Commerce Lions and Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns. With these victories, the team improved their season record to 6-1.
In their match against Texas A&M Commerce, the Red Raiders started strong with a three-set win. Graduate Caitlin Dugan stood out with 10 kills and a .450 hitting percentage. Sophomore Brynn Williams also contributed significantly with nine kills. Reagan Engler led the team in blocks with six, while Katelyn Cochran showcased her skills with 25 assists and 12 attacks.
The first set saw Texas A&M Commerce take an early lead, but Texas Tech managed to tie it at 6-6. Tech then went on a run of seven consecutive points to secure a 25-19 victory. The second set was closely contested until Tech pulled away with four straight points, winning 25-19 once again. In the third set, Tech initially fell behind but rallied to win seven consecutive points and eventually clinched the set and match with a score of 27-25.
In their match against Louisiana, the Red Raiders continued their winning streak by securing another three-set sweep. Brynn Williams shined once again as she led the team in kills with 16 and hit .306 for the game. Caitlin Dugan also had an impressive performance with 10 kills and three blocks.
Emily Merrick and Reagan Engler made significant contributions to the team’s success as well. Reese Rhodes achieved her third double-double of the season with 32 assists and 14 kills. As a team, Texas Tech posted its best hitting percentage of the season at .288.
The first set against Louisiana was closely contested until Texas Tech secured a narrow victory of 25-22. The second set followed a similar pattern, but Tech managed to win 26-24. The third set was a thrilling battle, with Louisiana holding a significant lead. However, the Red Raiders fought back and saved five set points to eventually win 30-28.
The article also mentions the players selected for the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team, including Caitlin Dugan, Reagan Engler, Maddie Correa, Sarah Holcomb from Wyoming (MVP), Skylar Erickson from Wyoming, Siena DeCambra from UL, and Cami Hicks from UL.
Head Coach Tony Graystone expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance over the weekend. He praised their offensive play and Bluntly improvement in just one day.
Caitlin Dugan discussed her chemistry with Brynn Williams and acknowledged Williams’ growth as a player and leader on the court.
Looking ahead, Texas Tech will face North Texas Mean Green on Monday before taking on Abilene Christian on Tuesday in their first road games of the season.
For more details about these matches and quotes from Head Coach Tony Graystone and attacker Caitlin Dugan, you can visit the source at https://texastech.com/news/2023/9/2/womens-volleyball-red-raiders-sweep-texas-am-commerce-louisiana.aspx