HOUSTON – For the second day in a row, the Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-0) swept their opponent after defeating the Brown Bears, 25-14, 25-18, 25-16, on day two of the Adidas Invitational at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Tech had an impressive offensive performance after recording 46 kills on 95 attacks for a .337 hitting clip. In addition, the team collected 39 assists, six aces, seven blocks and 45 digs.

Senior Kenna Sauer led the offensive charge, almost putting together a double-double with 15 kills and nine digs on the day. Junior setter Reese Rhodes was also close to having a double-double as she totaled 33 assists, eight digs, two kills, an ace and a block.

Maddie O’Brien posted the highest hitting clip of the game (.600) after tallying six kills on 10 attacks. Senior Reagan Cooper posted the second-most kills in the match with nine, while adding two more blocks.

Middle Brooke Kanas had a great offensive day after collecting six kills for a .500 hitting clip, while fifth-year senior Karrington Jones also added seven kills, a team-high four blacks and an ace. Defensively, sophomore libero Maddie Correa was all over the court as she posted 18 digs, only one away from her career high of 19.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Set One


The Red Raiders began the set with a 4-1 run after kills from Sauer and O’Brien. Brown was able to close the gap after tying the match at 9-9, but Tech would go on a 3-0 run sparked by an O’Brien slam. Leading 13-10, Texas Tech would win 12 of the next 16 points to earn a dominant, 25-14, first set.

Set Two

In back-to-back sets, Tech would start with a 4-1 advantage after Brown had an attack error and Sauer tallied three kills. After an ace from Brown tied things up at 12-all, Tech went on a 6-1 run highlighted by slams from Jones and Cooper. A big kill from O’Brien would end the set in Tech’s favor by a score of 25-18.

Set Three

Texas Tech jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the third set when four different Red Raiders recorded kills. The Red Raiders continued to roll, taking a 16-7 lead when Brown had an attack error, which forced the Bears to take a timeout. Leading 20-16, Tech would win the remaining five points, ending the set on a Dylan Hoskins’ ace to win with a score of 25-16.

Notables

  • This is the third time in 10 years the Red Raiders have started with an undefeated, 8-0 record (2021, 2014, 2022).
  • Texas Tech has swept five of the eight teams they have faced so far.
  • The Red Raiders had their best defensive performance of the season, holding Brown to just .052 hitting.
  • Freshman Dylan Hoskins posted back-to-back games with two or more aces.
  • Sophomore Maddie Correa was one dig away from her career high after tallying 18 digs in the match.

Up Next

The Red Raiders play host team, Rice, on Sunday at 2 p.m. to conclude the Adidas Invitational.

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