Athens, Georgia – After their best start since 2018, the Texas Tech Red Raiders dominated the College of Charleston Cougars 25-21, 25-19, 25-13 at the Stegeman Coliseum on Friday afternoon. Tech went 4-0 this season after taking his first win at the Bulldogs Classic his tournament.
Senior Kena Sauer After racking up 15 kills and 12 digs for an impressive .652, he had his second double-double of the year. Additionally, Sauer did not have a single striking error in 23 offenses.
sophomore libero Maddie Correa Leading the game with 14 digs and 5th grade Carrington Jones Four blocks (1 BS, 3 BA) were aggregated. Jones also added eight kills in the match.freshman Curry Marsac He played in all three sets and had a career-high six kills and one block.Junior Maddie O’Brien Had a great day collecting 5 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks and 2 aces.
As a team, Tech had 34 kills in 112 offenses, holding Charleston’s batting average to . The Red Raiders totaled 45 kills, 41 assists, 6 blocks, 5 aces and 49 digs in his clip hitting .
how it happened
The first set was a back and forth affair as both teams traded points early on. In an 8-8 draw, his three straight kills from Sauer gave Red his Raiders an 11-8 advantage. Charleston took his lead at 15-14 against Tech, but the Red Raiders scored three more points with kills from Jones and Sauer. Tech ended the set with a 3-1 run when a few kills from Marsac and Sauer edged the Cougars off his 25-21.
Like the first set, the second set started with a draw. Charleston was able to start the set with his 4-2 lead, but Tech scored his three points and a slam of Marsac and O’Brien saw him tie at 5-5. With his Red Raiders tied at 12-12, an error by the Cougars sparked him on a 3-0 run. Leading 21-18, Correa picked up a kill of his own after digging a hard-hitting ball and Tech scored three of the next four points to close out the set at 25-19.
Texas Tech got off to a strong start to the third set, leading 6-1. The Cougars improved the situation to take the lead and make it 8-7 in Tech’s favour, but another kill from Sauer allowed Red & Black to maintain their advantage. Another 5-0 Tech run followed as Jones slammed in a kill.
- This is the team’s first 4-0 start of the season since 2018, when Tech defeated Northwestern State, North Dakota, Rice and ACU.
- The Red Raiders held all four opponents they faced to hit clips under .200 (Milwaukee – .196, Notre Dame – .156, College of Charleston – .125, Tarleton – .071).
- Texas Tech dominated their opponents three straight games, dropping just one set so far.
- Kena Sauer With 15 kills and 12 digs, she recorded her second double-double of the season…she is one of only two Red Raiders to ever record a double-double. Reese Rhodes.
- Maddie Correa After a performance of 14 digs against the Cougars, he collected double-digit digs in all four games.
- Curry Marsac He had a career-high six kills and got his first start in the second set of the match.
- Junior Jack St Singh Made his Red & Black debut and recorded a kill on his first attack.
- freshman Ellie Baumert He also made his season debut and showed off an assist.
The Red Raiders will play Charlotte and hosts Georgia tomorrow, September 3 at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm. CT, respectively, finish the tournament.