LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore Emily Hill had a double-double with 17 kills and 13 digs as the Red team earned a 4-0 win over the Black squad in Texas Tech Volleyball's annual Red and Black Scrimmage at the United Supermarkets Arena Saturday.
Despite the final score, the competition level was high as several players made appearances on both sides of the net, but the Red team prevailed in the end with set wins of 25-23, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-15.
It was the final preseason tune up for the Red Raiders before they open the regular season at the Barcelona HBU Classic next Friday in Houston.
"We wanted to make sure we came out of this in one piece, and I feel good about our health," head coach Tony Graystone said. "Overall I thought our first touch was pretty good. When we were in system offensively, we made the other side work. I think that's going to be one of the strengths of our team is what we do in the back row, and those girls played well."
Hill finished with 30 total attacks on the evening to only two errors for a .500 hitting percentage, while junior Katy Keenan led all Red Raiders in kills with 21 kills on 44 swings and controlled the net with eight total blocks. The junior from Argyel, Texas, posted 13 of her match-high 21 kills on the Red squad paired with junior setter Missy Owens, who dropped a match-high 51 dimes.
Freshmen Emerson Solano, Haley Harman and Allison White were impressive in their first action as Red Raiders. Amarillo, Texas, native Emerson Solano recorded 13 total kills on 38 attacks, adding nine digs and three block assists to her line. Harman tallied 12 kills on a .300 clip for the black team, while White totaled 14 kills and seven block assists on the evening.
On the back row, junior Reyn Akiu was in charge, compiling a match-high 26 digs, and senior Kate Klepetka added 18. Junior Kyndal Cowan aided the cause with 10 digs to go with her 32 assists for a double-double.
Texas Tech begins its 2017 season against Northern Kentucky on Fri., Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m., and then takes on host Houston Baptist in a nightcap at 7 p.m.