In his second year at the helm, Texas Tech head volleyball coach Tony Graystone started the regular season off on a positive note.
Emily Hill, Sarah Redding and Chandler Atwood ensured that, combining for 43 kills and 17 digs, to power the Red Raiders to a 25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22 road victory over North Texas on Saturday.
“This was a crazy week that ended with the best possible outcome,” Graystone said in a release sent out by Texas Tech. “With so many unknowns and adjusting on the fly, I give the players a lot of credit for being flexible, adapting and taking on this challenge. This was nontraditional to say the least.
“North Texas is a good team. They’re fast on offense and really physical, and we were up for the challenge. I liked our block today and I liked our outside hitters. Missy did a good job running the offense, our ball control was money today, and serve-receive was right there and I felt like that was the difference.”
Texas Tech (1-0) was originally scheduled to compete in the Barcelona HBU Classic in Houston this weekend, before Hurricane Harvey changed plans.
Despite the last-second adjustment, the Red Raiders appeared ready to play early on in Denton.
With both squads tied at 5-5, Texas Tech went on a 5-2 run that provided plenty of cushion en route to a first-set win.
The Red Raiders continued with that momentum into the second set, jumping out to a 10-5 advantage before Atwood notched set-winning kill to put Texas Tech up 2-0 in the match.
The Mean Green would not get swept, though.
Amanda Chamberlain, who tallied a team-high 16 kills, became a huge player in the third set. The senior middle blocker recorded four kills, including the final point, to lead the Mean Green to their first set win of the match.
The fourth set was also intriguing as Texas Tech and North Texas found themselves tied at 20-20.
But the Red Raiders forged a key 5-2, mini-run to close out the set and take home the victory.
Texas Tech is scheduled to stay on the road, taking on UTEP in a Wednesday matchup in El Paso. Game time is set for 7 p.m.