Volleyball Looks to Rebound Wednesday at Oklahoma

Volleyball Looks to Rebound Wednesday at Oklahoma

Brooke Kanas Brooke Kanas

LUBBOCK, Texas – After suffering its first Big 12 loss last weekend, the Texas Tech volleyball team will look to regain its winning form as it travels to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside McCasland Field House. 

The match is designated as Oklahoma’s Pink Night and is set to air on FOX Sports Oklahoma. Live stats will be provided by OU, and streams will be online at www.FOXSportsGo.com and the FOX Sports Go app.

The Red Raiders (15-4, 4-1) are off to their best start since opening 16-1 in 2000. Tech, which has already matched its 2017 regular-season win total and Big 12 win total, sits at No. 32 in the latest RPI and is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the third straight week.

Selected in the preseason to finish seventh, Tech enters the week in third in the Big 12 standings with three matches remaining in the first half of its conference slate. The Red Raiders will welcome Kansas to town Saturday for Pink Day, and then head to Austin the following Saturday to face the No. 4 Longhorns. 

Freshman Brooke Kanas is leading the Red Raiders with 77 kills during Big 12 action, doing so at a .372 clip that ranks second best in the league. Senior setter Missy Owens has also had a strong start to conference, averaging 11.71 assists per set, which is good for second in the league.

While the all-time series is nearly even at 37-35, Norman has proven difficult for the Red Raiders to get a win. The Sooners have won each of the last 15 meetings at home with Tech’s last win dating back to 2002. 

“They’re a good team with a new coaching staff,” head coach Tony Graystone said of the Sooners. “They’re way improved over a year ago, still have an elite outside hitter that they’re going to give the ball to every chance they get and they block real well, so we’re going to have our hands full for sure. We haven’t had real good road trips out there the last couple of seasons for different reasons. We’ve got to do a better job of handling this road trip and being ready for them.”

The Sooners (10-7, 2-3), in their first year under head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton, are coming off a 3-1 road win at Iowa State. Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads the team in kills and had a double-double against the Cyclones. Meanwhile, transfer setter Kylee McLaughlin ranks fourth in the Big 12 in assists and tallied a double-double of 37 assists and 21 digs in Ames.

Enneking gave the Red Raiders trouble last season going for 15 kills at a .324 clip in a sweep of Tech in Norman. She followed by matching her career high with 26 kills on .300 hitting in a four set win in Lubbock. 

NOTABLES

Texas Tech is 1-1 on the road in Big 12 play with a win at No. 19 Baylor

For the year, Tech is 4-3 in road matches

Tech ranks second in the Big 12 in both hit% and opponent hit%

Senior Katy Keenan will make her 100th career start for Texas Tech Wednesday

Keenan is on pace to finish fifth on Tech’s career hitting percentage list

Tech’s win over Iowa State ended a 23-match skid to the Cyclones

Tech’s win at No. 19 Baylor was its first ranked road win since 2004

Freshman Brooke Kanas has had double-digit kills in all five Big 12 matches

Keep up with all things Texas Tech volleyball by following the Red Raiders at @TexasTechVB on Twitter and Instagram and online at www.TexasTech.com.

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