LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball cruised to a straight-set win over The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena to wrap up the Red Raider Classic a perfect 3-0 and claim the tournament crown.
With the 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 win, Tech improves to 8-1 on the year and 4-0 at home. The Red Raiders are currently slated to take on Georgia next Wednesday in Athens, Ga., before facing Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Southern over the weekend at the Clemson Classic.
"I felt like we did pretty much everything that was on our list this weekend and looked good, head coach Tony Graystone said. "We got a lot of girls in the matches, and that was good to see. I just felt like every set we kept getting better and better."
Sophomore outside hitter Emily Hill was named tournament MVP after posting a match-high 13 kills to go with 10 digs for her team-leading third double-double of the season. She led the team with 30 total kills this weekend, including a team-high .282 hitting percentage, 20 digs and seven total blocks and four aces.
"She's got a complete game," Graystone said of Hill. "She's great in the back row, her serve receipt is really good, I think she's leading the team in aces and she might have been our best blocker this weekend. She pretty much did no wrong, and it was good to see her play like that."
Senior Kate Klepetka and sophomore Chandler Atwood received nods on the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team. Klepetka averaged 2.89 digs per set for this weekend, matching her season-high Saturday with 11 digs against the Vaqueros. Atwood combined with Hill to form a prolific Red Raider attack this weekend, connecting on 29 kills at a .271 clip in the event and nine kills against UTRGV.
Sophomore Reyn Akiu put together several highlight plays on her way to a match-high 14 digs, while junior setter Missy Owens came up with seven digs to go with her match-high 37 assists. Owens averaged 10.33 assists per set over the weekend, helping the Tech offense connect at a .318 clip.
The Red Raiders jumped on the Vaqueros from the start, winning 12 of the game's first 16 points. The second set was much tighter as Tech led just 12-11 before going on a 9-2 run to take control of the frame. Tech used an 8-1 run early in the third set to pull ahead 14-6 and comfortably take the match.
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Tech's 8-1 record is its best start since 2014
Head Coach Tony Graystone improves to 458-182 all-time and 18-22 at Tech
Texas Tech has taken each of its last six wins in straight sets
The Red Raiders close its four-match home stand 4-0
Tech improves to 2-0 all-time against UTRGV, including a 25-23, 26-24, 25-21 victory last season
Sophomore Ally Standard made her first appearance as a Red Raider in the third set after sitting out all of 2016 following her transfer from Texas State
The Red Raiders won the Red Raider Classic title, finishing 3-0 over the weekend with sweeps of Lamar, UC Riverside and UTRGV```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````