MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Texas Tech volleyball started the second half of Big 12 play with a tough 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-21) loss to West Virginia at WVU Coliseum Wednesday.
After cruising in the opening frame, Tech looked to be in control in the second set with a 20-17 advantage before the Mountaineers charged with an 8-2 run to steal the second stanza.
The third set was an even battle with Tech holding a slim 21-20 advantage late, but WVU again closed strong, using a 5-2 burst to close out a 25-23 win in the third frame.
WVU (10-12, 2-7) controlled much of the fourth set until Kanas went off with four straight slams to even the score at 19-19. It was the Mountaineers night, however, as they outscored Tech 6-2 down the stretch to finish off the match.
Freshman Brooke Kanas finished with a match-high 18 kills at a .371 clip. She continues to lead the Red Raiders (12-8, 4-5) in kills during conference play as she recorded double-digit kills for the eighth time in nine Big 12 matches.
Junior Emily Hill joined Kanas in double figures with 11 kills. She added 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the year and 27th for her collegiate career. She also scored two aces while finishing with double-digit kills for the 17th time this season.
Missy Owens also tallied a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs, marking her sixth of the year and 32nd for her career. The senior setter flashed her all-around game with five kills and four blocks, including one solo rejection.
Three Mountaineers finished in double figures led by Katelyn Evans, who registered 16 kills. Tech outhit WVU for the match .191 to .184, but Tech's attack percentage sank from .250 in the first set to .175 over the next three.
Texas Tech returns home to United Supermarkets Arena to host TCU (12-7, 4-4) Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders are 6-1 at home this year, and fell to the Horned Frogs 3-1 in Fort Worth.
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