Katy Keenan shines as Texas Tech volleyball falls at Oklahoma

Katy Keenan shines as Texas Tech volleyball falls at Oklahoma

Katy Keenan Katy Keenan

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech volleyball started off its two-match road swing with a straight-set loss at Oklahoma Wednesday night at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla. The loss drops Tech to 12-5 on the season and 1-3 in Big 12 play.
 
The trio of Katy Keenan, Emily Hill and Chandler Atwood led the offense with 10 kills apiece, but the Sooners kept the shorthanded Red Raiders off balance all night as Tech suffered its first sweep of the season 25-21, 25-16, 25-22.
 
"We weren't ourselves tonight," head coach Tony Graystone said. "Bad first touch all the way around, and when they had a poor first touch they were still turning it into a swing and getting offense out of it. We were on our heels the whole night. I'm really disappointed with the whole effort. We've got to bounce back and be better on Saturday."
 
Oklahoma (4-13, 1-3) got hot early, hitting .417 in the opening frame en route to a .358 clip on the night. Meanwhile, Tech hit just .222 and recorded just 39 team digs, it's second lowest total of the season.
 
Sooner Alyssa Enneking recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs to lead Oklahoma, while Madison Drescher added 13. The Sooner defense of Enneking, Morgan Miller and Rachel Manriquez combined for 38 digs, and Oklahoma finished with seven team blocks to Tech's five.
 
Keenan did all she could to keep the Red Raiders in the fight. The Argyle, Texas, native had 10 kills on 16 swings and just one error for a .562 clip. It marked her second straight double-digit kill performance and fourth this season while also marking her seventh match this season to hit .500 or better.
 
"Katy was really nice tonight," Graystone said. "She was the closer for us offensively. It was really hard to get everyone else going. Our ball control was not good tonight, so we were in a bad spot all night."
 
With 10 kills tonight, Hill finished with her team-leading 13th double-figure performance in 2017 while Atwood claimed her 11th. Junior Missy Owens collected 33 assists and five digs on the evening, while senior Kate Klepetka posted a team-high 15 digs.
 
The Red Raiders will look to regroup this Saturday as they travel to Manhattan, Kansas, for a 1 p.m. tilt at Kansas State. The Wildcats (8-9, 1-3) fell at TCU, 3-1, Wednesday night.
 
"First we've got to own it," Graystone said on moving on to the Wildcats. "We didn't play well, and we weren't ourselves tonight. We have to accept that individually we have to do a better job. We've got to prepare better, we've got to take care of the ball, we've got to be better in bigger moments and we've got to play better in somebody else's gym. If we learn from this and we accept what we did and fix it, then okay. That's the big message is we've got to bounce back when we get on the road again."

NOTABLES

Preseason All-Big 12 libero Reyn Akiu missed her fifth straight match with a PCL injury. Senior Kate Klepetka has filled the role as libero in Akiu's absence.

Freshman Emerson Solano was back in action tonight after missing last Friday's match due to a severe cut she suffered diving into the stands last Wednesday.

Sophomore Kylie Rittimann made the trip, but did not play due to an ankle injury.

The Red Raiders now trail Oklahoma in the all-time series 36-35 and have lost 23 of the last 24 to the Sooners overall.

Tech moves to 3-1 this season in matches immediately following a loss.

Tech remains one set win away from matching last season's total (42).

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