LUBBOCK, Texas – Haley Eckerman connected on 12 kills to go along with 10 digs and four aces to power No. 1 Texas to a 3-0 sweep (25-12, 25-13, 25-17) of Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at the United Spirit Arena.
Texas (19-2; 12-0) hit an impressive .407 in the match, marking just the ninth time in school history a Tech opponent has totaled a percentage of .400 or higher. The Red Raiders (9-20; 2-11), meanwhile, were held to just a .076 average after totaling 21 attacking errors.
“Texas is obviously a very talented team and it showed,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “I think that might be the best they’ve played in a Big 12 match this year, but I liked how we competed and continued to improve as the match went on.”
The Longhorns totaled just five attacking errors on 86 swings overall, giving Tech a small margin for error against the nation’s top-ranked team. It was the first time the Red Raiders had faced the No. 1 team in the country since 2007.
Bailey Webster recorded 10 kills as well for Texas while Khat Bell and Chiaka Ogbogu added five each. Both Bell and Ogbogu were efficient from the field with .714 and .833 hitting percentages.
As good as Texas was offensively, the Longhorns also frustrated the Tech attack with 10 blocks, five of which that came in the opening set. Bell led all players with eight blocks while Ogbogu and setter Hannah Allison connected on four as well. Allison also had 23 assists and five digs.
The Red Raiders were boosted offensively by Breeann David, who posted possibly her best performance ever against Texas with a match-high 13 kills on the outside. David worked well around the tall Texas block as she totaled just five errors off 26 swings for a .308 percentage.
Jenna Allen connected on nine kills as well for the Red Raiders in a near another double-double outing as she also finished tied for the match high with 10 digs. Allen fell just shy of her sixth double-double in just 13 matches played this season.
Defensively, the Red Raiders, who had posted double-figures for digs in three of the last four matches, were only able to collect one against Texas, which came early in the first set from Brianna Grant and Aubree Piper.
Rachel Brummitt and Nicole Hragyil powered the back row with seven digs each while setter Emily Ruetter came off the bench in the second set to record four digs to go along with 18 assists.
The Red Raiders will look to bounce back Wednesday evening when Tech hosts Oklahoma in a 6 p.m. first serve at the United Spirit Arena. The match will air live on FOX College Sports.
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