NORMAN – After falling behind early, the Oklahoma volleyball team rallied to take down RV Texas Tech 3-1 on Wednesday night inside McCasland Field House.
The Red Raiders (15-5, 4-2 Big 12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after winning 25-18 in the first set, outhitting OU .324-.175 in the period. However, the Sooners (11-7, 3-3 Big 12) bounced back to win the next three frames: 25-18, 25-22, 25-17.
“Sometimes it’s nice that you get to play five because you can have a set like that, figure it out and forget about it, and then we know what we need to do and what points in our game we need to focus on to execute,” OU head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said. “Kind of like we saw last Wednesday, we were really able to finish it and focus on the next three and never get too far ahead of ourselves. It was a really good team effort. They played free tonight. It was really fun to watch and coach.”
Despite the slow start, the Sooners finished with a .258 hitting percentage while holding TTU at .180. OU also out-killed Texas Tech by a 53-50 clip. On defense, the Sooners registered 13.0 blocks to the Red Raiders’ 6.0 and totaled 54 digs to their opponents’ 52.
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking earned her fourth consecutive double-double in the match, totaling a match-high 21 kills to go with 14 digs. She also led the contest with six blocks, including two solo denials.
Also finishing the match with double-digit kills were Sarah Sanders with 11 and Morgan Miller with 10, good for a season-best.
Sophomore Kylee McLaughlin paced the match with 41 assists while classmate Keyton Kinley produced a match-best 22 digs.
After dropping the first set, the Sooners battled to tie the match in set two. Narrowly leading 17-16, the Sooners closed the frame on an 8-2 run, including claiming the final three points. During that run, Paige Anderson and Enneking both tallied kills while Anderson combined with Enneking and Sanders on a pair of blocks.
The Sooners carried that momentum into the third set, opening on another 8-2 run. Although the Red Raiders would get back within one point five different times in the frame, OU maintained its composure and remained on top for the entirety of the period, clinching the final two points to take a 2-1 lead.
Although the two teams traded points to open the fourth, Oklahoma quickly pulled ahead to lead 10-6 and force a TTU timeout. Leading 14-11, the Sooners used a four-point run that was capped by back-to-back service aces from Miller to grow their lead to seven. Texas Tech would exchange points with OU for the remainer of the set, but a setter kill from McLaughlin sealed the Sooners’ win.
The Sooners’ homestand continues on Saturday as they host No. 4 Texas at 7 p.m. CT inside McCasland. Tickets are on sale now.