First Set Momentum Carries Oklahoma to Sweep of Texas Tech
Oct. 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Oklahoma survived a close first set and carried that momentum into a 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-21) sweep of Texas Tech Wednesday night in front of a season-high 1,090 fans at the United Spirit Arena.
The Red Raiders (12-11; 1-6) led 23-22 in the opening frame before Oklahoma (16-6; 5-2) tied the set at 25 and then won the last two points. The Sooners hit .265 as a team during the first set alone.
Tech could not recover from there as the Sooners took early leads in both the second and third sets en route to their 11th sweep of the season.
"I think the first set was key tonight," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We have to continue to learn to play point-to-point and if we can do that, the results will begin to show. We've proven we can compete with the top teams in this conference but we have to do that each and every point."
Sallie McLaurin connected on a match-high 16 kills to lead the Sooners, who finished with a .271 hitting percentage as a team. The middle blocker hit .467 in the match with just two errors off 30 attempts while also adding three blocks at the net.
The Sooners out-blocked Tech, 9-6, overall as Morgan Reynolds stuffed five attacks to go along with her seven kills while Tara Dunn also added nine kills and three blocks as well.
"Give Oklahoma credit for going on the road and finding a way to win the match," said Flora, whose Red Raiders fell to 4-4 at home this year. "They took advantage of that first set and gave us troubles the rest of the way. I think this will be another good learning experience for our young team as we continue to grow."
Tech finished with 24 attacking errors overall to close with a .110 hitting percentage. The Red Raiders hit .182 in the opening set but failed to hit above .100 during either of the final two frames.
Tory Vaughan recorded a match-high 14 digs to anchor the back row as she and Rachel Brummitt accounted for 24 of Tech's 37 digs in the match. Oklahoma finished with 42 digs thanks to Maria Fernanda's team-leading 13.
The Red Raiders will look to recover quickly this weekend when they travel to Manhattan, Kan. Saturday to face No. 14 Kansas State. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. in Ahearn Fieldhouse.