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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