AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Tech probably wished it played to just 15 points Wednesday night. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, sets go to 25 points.
Tech gained early leads in both the first two frames before No. 3 Texas rallied to put Tech in a deficit it would not overcome in a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-17, 25-16) of the Red Raiders at Gregory Gym.
“It was great to see us play with joy and passion,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “We give Texas a lot of credit for winning some big points, and we learned a lot about how to stay focused from point-to-point tonight. Texas is obviously very talented but I liked how we battled.”
Tech (7-12; 0-4) led 13-7 in the opening frame and then 12-11 in the second but could not put away the Longhorns (11-2; 4-0) in either frame as Texas responded with 6-1 and 9-3 runs to send the Red Raiders into the intermission with a 2-0 deficit.
The Red Raiders continued to fight in the third, pulling to an 11-11 tie before Texas proceeded to go on a 14-5 run to close the match. Texas hit .500 alone in the final set with just two errors and 16 kills.
Bailey Webster powered a Texas attack that finished with a .378 hitting percentage as she connected on a match-high 14 kills. Webster also led all players with a .591 attacking average as she had just one error off 22 attempts.
Molly McCage and Chiaka Ogbogu both hit over. 400 individually as well while putting down eight kills each. Hannah Allison dished out 32 assists while totaling three digs for the Longhorns as well.
The Red Raiders, who were without Breeann David for the fifth time this season, were led offensively by the duo of Jenna Allen and Meghan Stacy, who had nine and six kills each. Aubree Piper added five kills and hit .556 for the match with no errors off nine swings.
Tech hit .167 as a team for the match after totaling just 10 attacking errors but, on the same note, struggled to put away points with just 26 kills. Tech’s 10 service errors marked its fewest in a match this season.
In a match largely impacted on the back row, Texas was able to keep the majority of Tech’s attacks from reaching the floor thanks to a 46-27 advantage in digs. Sarah Palmer had a team-high 15 digs for the Longhorns, nine of which that came in the opening set.
Rachel Brummitt once again boosted the Tech back row with a match-high 16 digs. The rest of the Red Raiders combined for just 11 digs, three of which that came from setter Emily Ruetter, who also had 25 assists.
The Red Raiders will keep looking for that first Big 12 Conference win Saturday evening with a trip to Fort Worth to battle TCU. First serve is slated for 5 p.m. at University Rec Center.