BOULDER, Colo. – Texas Tech (7-3) completed its Colorado road trip with a sweep of San Jose State Saturday afternoon at the Buffs Invitational in Boulder. The Red Raiders hit .333 as a team and out blocked the Spartans 12-3 on their way to their fifth sweep of the season.
Brooke Kanas was unstoppable, tallying 13 kills off 19 attacks with no errors for a .684 hitting clip. Kanas also recorded five blocks in the match. Reagan Cooper put up 8.5 points with seven kills and three blocks while Karrington Jones added six kills and four blocks. Alex Kirby paced the Red Raiders with six blocks and 26 assists. KJ Adams recorded 18 kills for the second straight match, her eighth double-digit dig performance of the season.
The Red Raiders set the tempo getting out to a seven-point advantage that forced a timeout from San Jose State, 10-3. The Spartans used the timeout to regroup and close the gap to one point with a 6-0 run. Tech pushed the lead back up to four with a three-point swing and used a 5-1 run to take the first set 25-17. Kanas tallied six kills on six attempts in the opening frame.
Tech hit .350 in the second set en route to a 25-19 win to take a 2-0 lead over SJSU. An ace from Alex Torres gave the Red Raiders a four-point advantage, 11-6, leading to a Spartan timeout. Tech led by as much as eight in the set that ended on a kill from Kenna Sauer.
The Red Raiders completed the sweep with a 25-19 win in the third set, hitting .357 as a team in the final frame. The Spartans hung around in the beginning, keeping the set within a couple of points until a four-point swing put Tech up by eight, 16-8. An attack error by the Spartans gave the Red Raiders match point at 24-15. San Jose State fought off four match points before Cooper ended the match with her seventh kill of the afternoon.
The Red Raiders close out nonconference play in Birmingham, Ala. Sept. 17-18 against UAB, Tulane and Sam Houston State. The tournament was originally set to be played in New Orleans but was moved due to the effects of Hurricane Ida and the relocation of the Tulane athletic department.
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