Red Raider volleyball falls at Oklahoma

Red Raider volleyball falls at Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. – Texas Tech volleyball got the strong start it's been missing, but Oklahoma recovered to hand Tech a 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-16) loss Wednesday at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.
 
The Red Raiders (15-5, 4-2) took a commanding win in the first set, but Sooner senior Alyssa Enneking finished with 21 kills on .463 hitting and added 13 digs to help Oklahoma (11-7, 3-3) to its 16th straight win over Tech in Norman.
 
"They picked up their game quite a bit," head coach Tony Graystone said of Oklahoma. "On our side we just got a little bit too high error. We didn't take good enough care of the ball, and when you put that together with OU playing better, it was a tough turnaround."
 
Junior Emily Hill led Tech with 13 kills and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the year and 26th of her career. She was joined in double figures by senior Katy Keenan and freshman Brooke Kanas.
 
Keenan had a strong all-around night, getting her 10 kills at a .444 clip and adding a team-high five blocks. It marked her third double-digit kills total in Big 12 play this year and the seventh for the season.
 
Kanas went for 10 kills to mark the sixth time in as many league matches that she has compiled double-digit kills. Senior Missy Owens tallied 41 assists on the night, while sophomore libero Emerson Solano provided 21 digs to aid the back row.
 
The Red Raiders came out firing in the first set, outhitting the Sooners .324 to .175, cruising to a 25-18 set win. Kanas led Tech with five kills in the frame and the Red Raiders outblocked the Sooners 3-1.
 
The Sooners, however, turned things around in the second frame with their defense at the net. Oklahoma recorded nine team blocks between the second and third sets to limit Tech to .082 hitting through the middle frames. The Red Raiders aided the Sooner effort with 18 errors in the second and third stanzas, including seven service errors.
 
OU hit .583 in the fourth set to close it out as Tech finished the match with its lowest hitting percentage in six Big 12 contests.
 
Texas Tech will look to regroup Saturday when it returns home to face Kansas (12-4, 5-0) at 1 p.m. on Pink Day. The Jayhawks took down No. 4 Texas on Wednesday, 3-1.
 
"There's a fight that we've got to be able to have non-stop," Graystone said. "When somebody takes something away, we've got to be ready for another adjustment. That's part of the process and learning curve for this team. We're going to get back to work and get ready for Kansas."
 
NOTABLES

  • Texas Tech is 1-2 on the road in Big 12 play
  • For the year, Tech is 4-4 in road matches
  • Tech won the opening set for just the second time in six Big 12 matches
  • Tech moves to 10-1 when winning the first set
  • Keenan made her 100th career start for Texas Tech Wednesday
  • Kanas has had double-digit kills in all five Big 12 matches
  • Hill led Tech in kills for a team-leading 11th time this season
  • Oklahoma now leads the all-time series 38-35

 
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