LAS VEGAS – A career-high night for junior Allison White helped the Texas Tech volleyball team to a split on day one of the UNLV Invitational, Friday at Cox Pavilion. The Red Raiders dropped their first match to Pacific, 3-1, but the squad rebounded with a 3-2 victory over the hosting Rebels later in the evening.
White was a vital part of Tech's nightcap as she collected a career-high 15 kills in Tech's five-set victory over UNLV. She finished the day with 17 kills while Hill collected 36 on the day. With the split, the Red Raiders move to 5-4 on the season.
Pacific 3 – Texas Tech 1
Tech started strong, but stalled after the first set against the Pacific Tigers. Hill paced the Red Raiders with 21 kills and Caitlin Dugan was the other member of the Tech roster to reach double-digit kills with 11. Tatum Rohme posted 43 assists in her fifth start of the season and libero Emerson Solano led the way with 20 digs against the Tigers.
SET 1 – Texas Tech 25, Pacific 23
Dugan delivered the first blow of the match with a strong swing on the left side of the court that gave Tech an initial 1-0 lead. The two teams jockeyed for the lead and, after White threw up a solo block, Tech came within one point at 14-15. Tatum Rohme snuck in her first kill of the match to keep the Red Raiders within one point and a pair of Pacific attack errors tied up the set at 21 points apiece. Hill immediately followed up with a kill to give the Red Raiders a one-point edge and a final bock thanks to White and Dugan sealed a 25-23 victory for Tech in the first. The Red Raiders finished with 18 kills in the first set with just three errors for a .405 hitting percentage.
SET 2 – Pacific 25, Texas Tech 22
The Tigers got off to a 4-0 start before sophomore Brooke Kanas buried Tech's first kill of the set. Back-to-back kills from Dugan and Karrington Jones lessened the Red Raiders deficit to 5-3 and a huge block on the right side from White and Rohme kept Tech within two points of Pacific. Four consecutive points for the Red Raiders tied up the set 14-14 and another kill from Rohme tied up the set again at 15-all. However, after head coach Tony Graystone reversed a call to give Tech a one-point advantage, the momentum shifted towards the Tigers and Tech dropped set two by a score of 25-22.
SET 3 – Pacific 25, Texas Tech 23
The Red Raiders got off to a 5-4 start and another block – posted by Jones and Rohme – put Tech at a 6-4 advantage. Hill kept the pressure on with another kill and White lifted Tech to an 11-9 advantage with a monstrous kill in the middle of the court. Pacific grabbed onto a one-point lead at 21-20 but Rohme's fourth kill of the match tied up the set 23-23 and forced a Pacific timeout. However, the Tigers closed out the set 25-23 and Tech fell behind, 2-1, in the match.
SET 4 – Pacific 27, Texas Tech 23
The fourth set began just like the first as Dugan delivered the opening point. Jones, who finished the match with three block assists and one solo block, teamed up with Dugan to tie up the set 10-10. Three straight Pacific errors tied up the match at 18-18 and Kanas followed up with her eighth kill of the match to give us a one-point lead. The two teams battled for the lead throughout the remainder of the set and Kylie Rittimann produced Tech's only ace of the match to keep the Red Raiders in the hunt at 23-23. However, as both teams reached 25 points, Pacific posted back-to-back points to win the set 27-25 and the match by a score of 3-1.
Texas Tech 3 – UNLV 2
Determined to turn around, the Red Raiders overcame a 2-1 deficit and won their final match of the day, 3-2. Four Red Raiders – White, Hill, Jones and Dugan – finished with double-digit kills while Hill and Solano tallied double-digit digs.
White and Hill paced the crew with 15 kills, Dugan tallied 13 and Jones posted 11 against the Rebels. Hill led the Red Raiders with 20 digs and Solano followed close behind with 18.
SET ONE – UNLV 25, Texas Tech 21
Allison white posted back-to-back kills to start the match. After UNLV took a brief lead, Tech used two kills from Dugan and an ace from Rohme to reclaim their lead, 5-3. A pair of Red Raider block helped maintain a 10-6 lead, but the Rebels crept their way towards the lead and tied up the set 11-11. From there, Tech and UNLV battled for the lead. Rohme picked up her first kill of the match to give the Red Raiders a 13-12 lead and Hill stuffed a UNLV attack to keep Tech ahead at 17-16. The two teams tied up again at 20-20, but UNLV closed the first set 25-21 with a 5-1 run.
SET TWO – Texas Tech 25, UNLV 23
Tech got out to a five-point lead at 15-10 when UNLV tried to overturn a call on the floor. After a lengthy review, the call stood and the Red Raiders remained in the driver's seat. After the Red Raiders jumped out to an 18-13 lead, the Rebels put up four unanswered points to make it a one-point set. The Red Raiders kept their edge, but UNLV tied up the match once again at 20-20. Four straight Tech points put the Red Raiders at a 24-20 advantage and one final kill from Dugan equalized the match, 1-1, with the 25-23 set-two win.
SET THREE – UNLV 25, Texas Tech 23
Tech dropped a heartbreaker in set two after hitting .310 against the Rebels. Neither team led for by more than two points until a kill from White and ace from Solano put the Red Raiders at a 9-5 advantage. However, UNLV strung together four straight points and tied up the set, 17-17. The Red Raiders maintained the lead until another four points for the Rebels gave the tournament host a two-point lead at 22-20. The two teams battled back and forth and tied once more at the 23-point mark. The Red Raiders could not hang on and two consecutive points for UNLV closed out the third set, 25-23.
SET FOUR – Texas Tech 29, UNLV 27
White kicked off the fourth set with another kill and back-to-back points from Hill and Kanas gave Tech a narrow, 4-3 edge. UNLV tied up the set and the two teams took turns taking a one-point lead until the Rebels gained a two-point separation at 11-9. The Red Raiders stayed in the fight and racked up four straight points in order to take a 16-14 lead. Though Tech was laying down kills left and right, they were one-step behind the Rebels and kept tying up the set. UNLV distanced themselves at 23-20, but a 5-1 run for the Red Raiders – highlighted by kills from White, Kanas and Hill – put Tech ahead, 25-24. The two squads tied up the set three more times before a pair of kills from Dugan and one more from White forced a fifth set with the 29-27 win for the Red Raiders.
SET FIVE – Texas Tech 15, UNLV 11
Eclipsing her career-high kill count, White drilled her 15th kill of the match to give Tech the early lead. After one UNLV point, the Red Raiders used kills from Dugan and Kanas to lead 5-1. Later on, the Rebels strung together three points to come within one point of the Red Raiders at 6-5. Tech used a pair of kills from Hill, one point from Kanas and one UNLV attack error to take a 10-6 lead but UNLV stayed within one point after it scored three consecutive points. The Red Raiders responded with three points of their own – a kill from Hill, kill from Dugan and block by Jones and Dugan – to make it a 13-9 set. A UNLV service error moved Tech to match point and one more Rebel attack error sealed the Red Raider's five-set victory, 3-2.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders are set to close out the UNLV Invitational tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. (CT) against Idaho at Cox Pavilion. Live stats will be available for the match. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech volleyball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechVB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.