LUBBOCK, Texas – The West Virginia University volleyball team could not overcome a two set deficit and lost to Texas Tech 3-1 (10-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-25), Saturday at the United Spirit Arena.
The Mountaineers (8-16, 0-10 Big 12) came out of the break to take the third set, but it was not enough as the Red Raiders (13-12, 2-7 Big 12) stopped the momentum by claiming a victory in the fourth set to win the match.
Texas Tech had the lead from the beginning of the first set and forced WVU to call a timeout after taking a 6-1 lead. Out of the timeout, the Mountaineers closed the gap with a kill from freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
and two blocks from sophomore Evyn McCoy
to put the set within two. The teams traded points, but two big serving runs by the Red Raiders proved too much for the Mountaineers as Texas Tech took the first set 25-10.
A kill from freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
started the second set for the Mountaineers until a 5-2 run by the Red Raiders led WVU to use its first timeout in the second set. The Mountaineers slowly chipped away at the lead and pulled the match within three at 12-9 after kills from Attea, freshman setter Brittany Sample
and a service ace from senior setter Karly Rasmussen
Three straight kills from Miara Cave stretched the Texas Tech lead before a comeback, led by a balanced attack from the Mountaineers, put the set within reach. The Red Raiders would not let the set slip away and scored six of the next eight points to win the second set.
The third set was tightly contested with neither team gaining more than a two point advantage to start the set. Down 11-9, WVU capitalized off of a Red Raider error to go on a 10-2 run with multiple kills from Attea, McCoy and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
. Texas Tech came back with two kills and a service ace from Lydia McKay, but too many errors by the Red Raiders combined with a kill from McCoy ended the set in the Mountaineers’ favor.
A service ace at the beginning of the fourth from Tory Vaughn set the pace for the Red Raiders, as they took the lead and used the momentum to finish off the match in four sets.
Attea and Sample posted double-doubles for the Mountaineers with 15 kills and 11 digs and 30 assists and 12 digs, respectively. Junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick
posted double-digit digs for the second match in a row with 12, while also recording a service ace.
WVU continues its road trip when it travels to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.