Senior Lindsay Niemeier and junior Melissa Waelter each notched double-doubles as the Eastern Washington women's volleyball team notched its first signature win of the 2013 season, upending Big XII member Texas Tech in four sets Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash.
The Eagles snap their two-match losing streak and improve to 3-4 on the year while Texas Tech falls to 5-4 with the loss. Set scores for the match were: 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 25-11.
EWU was 1-7 all-time against Big XII schools prior to Saturday, including an 0-1 mark versus the Red Raiders. Before tonight, the program's lone win over a Big XII foe came in 1990 with a sweep of Baylor.
Niemeier finished with 34 assists and 10 digs while Waelter tallied 14 kills and 15 digs. Schumacher led the way with 16 kills, hitting .310 (16-3-42) while freshman Kylie Curtis continued her strong play of late, hitting .440 (11-0-25).
Both teams went back and fourth throughout the first set. Eastern took a 6-4 lead on a kill from Waelter, but Texas Tech answered to take a 12-10 lead midway through the frame. The Red Raiders would extend their advantage to four, 18-14, but the Eagles came storming back, winning ten of the next 14 points to take a 24-22 lead. TTU pulled back to within one but a kill from Curtis gave EWU the first set.
The second set saw Eastern race out to a 13-4 lead, punctuated by a kill from Schumacher. Texas Tech rallied to within four, 19-15, before tying the set at 21-21 on a service ace. The Eagles would win four of the next five points as kills from Niemeier, junior Talia Fermantez and Schumacher gave EWU a 2-0 lead.
Texas Tech controlled the third set from the start, leading 8-2 after consecutive kills from Meghan Stacy. Eastern cut the deficit to three, 13-10, on a block from Doerpinghaus and Curtus, but the Red Raiders answered with two straight points to go up five, 15-10, midway through the set. The Eagles rallied to tie the match at 15-15, but TTU had the answer, scoring four of the next five points to take a 19-16 lead. Eastern pulled back to within one twice more before the Red Raiders regained their three-point margin, 24-21, late in the set. Kills from Schumacher and Doerpinghaus momentarily staved off set point, but Aubree Piper put away a kill to claim TTU's first set of the match.
Much like the second set, Eastern started the fourth frame with the hot hand, opening up a quick 9-4 lead, forcing Texas Tech to call timeout. The Red Raiders would cut the deficit to four out of the break, but it would be all EWU the rest of the way as the Eagles used a 4-0 run to take a seven-point lead midway through the set. TTU managed to score just 11 points in the fourth set as Eastern hit .343 (14-2-35) in the set, committing just two errors.
Stacy led Texas Tech with 18 kills while Piper added 17 kills. Emily Ruetter tallied 46 assists, and Rachel Brummitt notched a game-high 29 digs.
EWU recorded a season-best 22 blocks and hit a season-high .301 (58-14-146) as a team.
The Eagles will play their final tune-ups for Big Sky play next week, traveling to California for four matches beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, with a match at San Jose State. Game time is set for 7 p.m.