Texas Tech Splits Their Third Series in Big 12
The Texas Tech volleyball team went to Norman, Oklahoma, to face the Sooners Thursday, October 14 and 15. The team headed into the series with 12-7 and 2-4 in the conference.
TTU vs. OU Game 1
In the first game of the series, OU defeated the Red Raiders 3-2, taking the sets 30-28, 20-25, 25-16, 18-25, and 15-13. The loss brought the team to 2-4 in five-set matches on the season.
Starting in a back-and-forth lead change, TTU reached the 20-point mark first. But, OU strung together a small run to take the lead 22-21, forcing the Red Raiders to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, TTU pushed the lead back up to 23-22, and a kill from Junior Reagan Cooper created a couple of set-point opportunities for them. As a result, the Sooners fought off the points and even made a set point opportunity for themselves. TTU took advantage and had another set point after a kill from Junior Caitlin Dugan. The Sooners once again fought off the points and eventually claimed the win 30-28.
Moving on, the Red Raiders were hoping to even the match-up by dominating the second frame. After falling behind, TTU used a 6-0 run with back-to-back aces from Freshman Maddie Correa, giving them the 9-3 lead. The team was able to captivate the lead and held on to win the second set 25-20.
The Sooners responded in the third, taking 10 of the final 13 points. Oklahoma dominated the third to win 25-16 and held the Tech volleyball to a -.025 hitting clip.
The Red Raiders pushed a final deciding fifth set for the sixth time by winning the fourth 25-18. Like OU in the last set, the Red Raiders held the Sooners at a -.026 hitting clip.
Texas Tech volleyball held a 5-2 with an ace from graduate student KJ Adams and forced Oklahoma into a timeout in the deciding fifth set. Out of the timeout, the Sooners put a 7-1 run. The Red Raiders were looking to change the momentum to their way, so they took a timeout after being down 12-8. TTU tied the set at 12 with four straight points but fell 15-13 to end the match.
Texas Tech Volleyball vs. Oklahoma Game 2
After the devasting loss in the first match, Texas Tech volleyball dominated Oklahoma the next game to win three straight sets. The team won the sets 25-16, 25-17, and 25-16.
The Red Raiders opened the match with a fast lead of 15-14. After the media break, TTU used a 10-2 run to take the first, winning the final six points.
Similarly, the team carried their momentum into the second, taking a five-point lead forcing the Sooners into a timeout. The Red Raiders pushed their lead more with back-to-back kills from Dugan. They closed out the set, winning the final four points, and capped off with an ace from Junior Kenna Sauer.
In the third set, TTU stormed their way through the game leading 8-1 early on. The team reached the 20-point mark on an Oklahoma attack error. On the other hand, the Sooners attempted a late rally and cut the lead to 22-15. The Red Raiders easily held them off and won the set 25-16.
Next Up on the Big 12 Schedule
The Red Raiders continue their road journey to Manhattan, Kansas, to face Kansas State for a mid-week series. The teams will face each other on Wednesday, October 27 and 28.
In addition, starting in November, the team will head home to play against TCU on Friday, November 5 and 6.
Watch the women’s volleyball team continue their momentum with a record of 13-8 and 3-5 in the conference, and hope to pull off more wins. You can buy your tickets for any home game at TexasTech.com. General admission for adults is $5 and $3 for youth. You can also watch the games on ESPN+.
Check out last week’s Texas Tech volleyball recap vs Iowa State, plus preview against Oklahoma.
Story by Campus Live Intern Kaelea Pena