LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech volleyball team put on a strong show in front of its home crowd as the Red Raiders topped New Mexico State, 4-1, on Sunday at United Supermarkets Arena.

Senior standout Emily Hill paced the Red Raiders with 18 kills (.297) while Karrington Jones and newcomer Caitlin Dugan collected eight. The Red Raiders combined for 10 team blocks as well as six service aces against the Aggies. Freshman Lindsey Dodson made the most of her time on the court and finished the day with a team-leading 16 digs.

“I thought we looked pretty solid,” head coach Tony Graystone said. “We got off to a good start in almost every set, the energy was there, the offense was clicking and our back row players were really good.”

SET ONE – Texas Tech 25, New Mexico State 16

The Red Raiders kicked off the first set with an 11-2 lead thanks to kills from Dugan, Hill and Jones, as well as a service ace from White. Consecutive points from Hill stretched Tech’s lead to 14-3 and before they knew it, the Red Raiders held a commanding 21-10 lead. Sophomore transfer Tatum Rohme made her Red Raider debut and produced a service ace on her first serve attempt at the USA. New Mexico State tried to make a comeback on set point, but a timely service error gave Tech a 1-0 advantage heading into the second set.

SET TWO – Texas Tech 25, New Mexico State 14

A kill from White, back-to-back Red Raider blocks and one New Mexico State error lifted Tech to a 4-0 lead to start the second. After Tech forced a timeout with a five-point lead, freshman Audrey Tuttle earned her fair share of serving thanks to kills from freshman Cadi Boyer, Hill and Emerson Solano. The Red Raiders held on to the momentum and closed out the second set with a total of 12 kills and just one attack error. Tech posted a .550 hitting percentage and held the Aggies to a -.074 mark.

SET THREE – New Mexico State 25, Texas Tech 15

Tech’s momentum stalled in the third as the Aggies clinched their only set of the day. The Red Raiders came back from a three-point deficit and tied up the game at 4-4 thanks to an attack error by New Mexico State’s Julianna Salanoa. The teams alternated scoring until three unanswered points for New Mexico State called for a Red Raider timeout. Collecting one of Tech’s eight kills in the third, redshirt sophomore Hannah Allison broke up three opposing points with her first kill of the day. However, the Red Raiders couldn’t make up ground and dropped their only set of the day. Sophomore Katy Northcut finished the third with five digs while freshman Lauren Dodson tallied four.

 
SET FOUR – Texas Tech 25, New Mexico State 20
 

Tech bounced back in the fourth set as Lindsey Dodson highlighted Tech’s first five points with one of the Red Raiders’ six service aces on the day. Breaking away from a 5-5 tie, a pair of attack errors and a block from Kirby and Boyer pushed Tech out to an 8-5 advantage. From there, Tech held onto its lead and used kills from Dugan, Hill, Boyer and White to carry out the momentum. The Red Raiders kept their foot on the gas pedal and one final kill from Dugan clinched a 25-20 fourth-set victory for the scarlet and black.

SET FIVE – Texas Tech 25, New Mexico State 23

After Tech clinched the exhibition, the two teams decided to continue the action into a fifth set. The Aggies and Red Raiders stood neck-and-neck, tying each other five times before one team reached 10 points. Kirby posted her first service ace of the day to give Tech a two-point break, but the Aggies tied up the game at 12-12 on a Tech attack error. White and Jones combined for three straight points, but the Aggies bounced back one again. Tied at 20 points apiece, two consecutive Aggie errors prompted the Red Raiders’ final separation of the day. White helped Tech’s mission with a strong kill up the middle and a dominating point from Hill closed out the match with a 25-23 win in the final set.

“We’re trying to find combinations that we like and chemistry that is going to work and score points,” Graystone added. “I thought Emily was good and Alex was really nice running the offense. I liked all of our back row players and I think Lindsey Dodson made a really good first impression for her first outing. Emerson did great back there and our middles looked really good.”

The Red Raiders will be back in action on Saturday, Aug. 18, for the squad’s annual Red & Black scrimmage at United Supermarkets Arena. After that, Tech is set to begin its 2019 campaign against VCU in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, Aug. 30.

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