Red Raiders Split Opening Day of Tennessee Classic

Texas Tech beat East Tennessee State and fell to Tennessee in day one of the Tennessee Classic 


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Texas Tech volleyball opened the 2021 season at the Tennessee Classic with a sweep of East Tennessee State Friday morning before falling to host, Tennessee, in three sets in the night cap.


Tech’s win over ETSU marked the fifth consecutive season-opening win for head coach Tony Graystone and the fourth straight sweep in a season opener.


Texas Tech 3, East Tennessee State 0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) 

The Red Raiders got off to a quick start in the first set taking six of the first eight points. The Buccaneers clawed their way back late to close the gap to two points at 22-20. Alex Kirby finished off the first set with an ace to give Tech the win in set one.


The first half of the second set went back-and-forth until a couple of blocks from Brooke Kanas gave Tech a 17-14 advantage that forced an ETSU timeout. The Red Raiders closed out the set strong, taking the second frame 25-19. Caitlin Dugan tallied five kills in the set.


A five-point run gave ETSU an early 12-9 lead in the third set, but the Red Raiders rallied back to tie things at 12 after a couple of kills from Dugan and an attack error by the Bucs. Two long rallies went ETSU’s way, but Tech continued to fight, trading points with the Bucs late in the set. An ace from Alex Torres gave Tech the 23-21 advantage before Kenna Sauer ended the match with a kill and a block to sweep the Bucs.


Dugan finished the match with 11 kills, hitting .588 and adding two blocks. Freshman Madison Gilliland tallied four blocks and seven kills in her debut. Sauer also tallied seven kills in her first showing as a Red Raider.


Texas Tech 0, Tennessee 3 (15-25, 17-25, 18-25) 

Tennessee used a seven-point scoring run to jump ahead in the opening frame and did not surrender the lead winning the first set 25-15. The Lady Vols claimed the second set, 25-17, hitting .351 with 19 kills. Tennessee finished the match with a 25-18 win in set three to hand the Red Raiders their first loss of the season.


Maddie O’Brien tallied five kills and racked up four blocks, including two solo blocks. O’Brien and Samantha Sanders led the team with eight points. Sanders eight kills topped all Red Raiders.





Release provided by Katie Moseley Texas Tech Athletics

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