FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball put together one of its most impressive performances of the season, earning a straight-set win at TCU Wednesday night at the TCU Recreational Center to complete the season sweep of the Horned Frogs.
Tech (15-12, 4-10) held TCU (11-15, 3-11) to .106 hitting for the match, marking Tech's best defensive performance during Big 12 play this season, and junior Sarah Redding tallied a team-high 11 kills at a .450 clip to help Tech capture the 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 victory.
"That was about as well-played a match as we've had in a long time," head coach Tony Graystone said. "It was so good to see us come out right from the beginning and set tempo. Our defense was great, we ball controlled well, the block was good and offensively we just kept siding out. It was a complete match."
For Redding, it was her eighth double-digit kill performance in 2017. Her .450 hitting percentage marked her second-highest clip in Big 12 play, a spot ahead of her .400 clip on 12 kills in Tech's 3-1 win over TCU in Lubbock.
"Sarah had a really good match the first time we played them, so we knew that was something we wanted to see again," Graystone said. "She was even better this time around, so I'm really happy for her. She really carried us tonight."
Joining Redding in double figures was sophomore Chandler Atwood, who finished with 10 kills, five digs and three blocks on .381 hitting. Fellow sophomore Emily Hill also tallied nine kills and nine digs, while junior Reyn Akiu collected a team-high 12 digs. Setter Missy Owens recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 37 assists and 10 digs.
"We came in really wanting this win," Redding said. "We had a great walkthrough and a great warmup, and came out ready to play. Our confidence was really there tonight. Our chemistry together as a team was really good. It's easy to play well when you've got your teammates' back and that kind of support from behind you. My teammates were really what got me going."
Wednesday marks a milestone win for the Red Raiders. Along with giving Graystone his first season sweep of a Big 12 foe, the 2017 Red Raiders have solidified a winning regular season for the first time since 2001. Tech has also earned its most Big 12 wins in a season since 2006 and most regular season wins since 2011.
"It's nice to get them done and not just talk about getting them done," Graystone said of achieving several milestones with the win. "We're going to celebrate this, enjoy it and then move on to something next. There's a lot more for us to do, and we're just getting started."
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tech took control of the first set midway through, using a 6-2 run to take a 16-12 lead. Six different Red Raiders recorded kills in the frame, led by three from Redding, and Tech outblocked TCU 3-2 while forcing eight Horned Frog errors on the attack.
A hot start helped Tech jump out to an early 4-0 lead, and the Red Raiders never looked back, leading by as many as nine in the frame at 22-13. Atwood led Tech with four kills, including the final point of the stanza that would give Tech a 2-0 lead for the match.
In the third set, Tech dug its way out of an early 3-1 hole with a 4-1 run, then used a 4-1 run midway through the frame to build an 11-9 lead. A kill by Hill gave Tech a four-point cushion at 16-12, but TCU would get it down to two at 18-16 and 19-17. From there, Tech fed Atwood twice and benefited from five Horned Frog errors down the stretch for the victory.
The win guarantees the Red Raiders their first winning regular season since 2001.
With the win, Tech has its most Big 12 wins in a season since 2006.
The win gives gives Tech its most regular season wins since 2011.
Tech's 56 sets won in 2017 matches its most since 2011.
The sweep is Tech's first of a Big 12 opponent under head coach Tony Graystone.
With the season sweep of TCU, Tech trails the overall series, 9-8.
The win in Fort Worth is Tech's first since 2013.
The Big 12 road win is Tech's first under Graystone.
With nine kills, sophomore Emily Hill surpassed 700 for her career.
With a team-high 11 kills, junior Sarah Redding eclipsed 500 career kills.