Tech heads to Georgia for Bulldog Classic

LUBBOCK, Texas. – The Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0) will travel to Athens, Georgia. For the Bulldog Classic they will face the College of Charleston, Charlotte and the University of Georgia on September 2-3 at Stegeman Coliseum.

Tech will face the College of Charleston on Friday 2 September at 2:30 pm. Then, the Red Raiders will play two matches on Saturday, September 3 against Charlotte and Georgia at 11:30 and 18:30 respectively, all Central Standard Time.

Last weekend, the Red Raiders opened their season at the Irish Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, where they defeated both the host team, Notre Dame, and Milwaukee, losing just one set.

On Tuesday, Tech returned to Lubbock for his home opener against Tarleton State and completed a Texan sweep to move up to 3-0 of the season. In the match, the Red Raiders collected 47 kills from 107 attacks (.252 hits), 43 assists, 42 digging and 10.0 blocks. They held the Texans down to just 0.071 hits after Tarleton scored 29 kills out of 99 attacks.

As a team, Tech has 146 kills (14.6 k / s), 136 assists (13.6 a / s), 153 digs (15.3 d / s) and 27.0 blocks (2.7 b / s) . In the nation, the Red Raiders rank 20th in kills per set, 22nd in assists per set and 28th in hit rate.

Elderly Kenna Sauer lead the team with 36 kills and 41.5 points, junior Reese Rhodes leads with 111 assists, fifth year as senior Brooke Kanas is at the top of the team with a clip hitting .452, in his sophomore year Maddie Correa has a record of 49 team wins and fifth year as a senior Karrington Jones leads with 14.0 blocks.

SCOUT THE OPPONENTS
Friday is only the second time in the school’s history that the Red Raiders will face College of Charleston in one game, with their final game arriving on September 5, 2003 ending in a 3-1 Tech win. The Cougars are 2-1 in the year with wins over Fresno State and The Citadel and a loss to Rutgers. The College of Charleston scores 159 kills, 148 assists, 24 aces, 162 digs and 19.0 blocks. They are led offensively by Gabi Bailey, who has 43 kills and 48 points. In defense, Emma Falk has the most blocks with 10.0 and Tynley Smeltzer has the most digs with 47.

It will be the second consecutive week that the Red Raiders will face an opponent for the first time in the history of the program, as Tech have a game against the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday morning. The 49ers started 4-0 unbeaten after scoring wins against Morgan State, Wofford, Campbell and Syracuse at the Charlotte Invitational. Charlotte is led in attack by junior outside hitter Emani ‘Foster, who is in first place in the country with 72 kills, 180 attacks and 81.5 points. The 49ers are also third in the nation with 179 assists and fourth with 187 kills.

Both Texas Tech and Georgia are looking for bragging rights as the two teams have a 3-3 all-time record against each other. The last time they faced was on August 31, 2018 with the Bulldogs coming out in the lead, 3-0. Georgia have also won their last two matches against the Red Raiders. The Bulldogs are 3-0 with wins over Troy, Chattanooga and Santa Clara. As a team, the UGA has 118 kills, 113 assists, 23 aces, 100 digs and 27 blocks. Last week, junior average Sophie Fischer was named SEC Player of the Week after scoring an average of 2.14 blocks per set and collecting 15 blocks, helping the Bulldogs keep opponents down to just 0.058 hits.

FOLLOW LONG
Follow TexasTechVB on Twitter for all the latest updates, including how to watch the game and follow live stats. All of this weekend’s matches will have live stats available here, while the Georgia match will be streamed on SEC Network +.

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