No. 3 Texas Uses Accurate Attack to Drop Texas Tech
Nov. 14, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Not even one of Texas Tech's best hitting performance during Big 12 play could stop No. 3 Texas Wednesday night as the Longhorns cruised to a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) of the Red Raiders at Gregory Gym.
The Red Raiders (13-16; 2-11) recorded a .217 hitting percentage helped in part by only 13 attacking errors for its second-highest average in league play this year. The problem was Texas (22-3; 14-0) hit .483 collectively, the highest average for a Tech opponent in school history.
"Our offense was fantastic at times but their offense was just tremendous," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "Give Texas a lot of credit for passing it well enough to get into their offense. They are very good on the outside and their middles provide some punch too, so it makes it tough."
Haley Eckerman led Texas with a match-high 19 kills as she was 19-for-35 on the attack with only two errors for a .486 average. She also added five digs and a pair of blocks.
Bailey Webster also chipped in 14 kills for the Longhorns, who took the opening lead behind a .654 hitting percentage in the first set alone. Hannah Allison finished just shy of a double-double with 40 assists and nine digs.
Despite Texas' accuracy from the field, Tech was able to stick with the Longhorns through the final two sets as the Red Raiders led midway through both frames. Tech managed to hit only .053 in the third set, though, after going to the break with a .333 average as a team.
"We have played Texas twice this year and played them pretty well," Flora added. "We need to come out that tough and that clean against other teams in our conference, and I think that will be a challenge to our players the rest of the way."
Emily Ehrle came off the bench to lead the Red Raiders with 10 kills while Miara Cave connected on nine as well. Cave finished 9-for-16 on the attack with only one error for a .500 hitting percentage, her highest this season during Big 12 play.
Flora used a 6-2 rotation for most of the match with setters Nicole Hragyil and Emily Ruetter splitting time. Ruetter finished with 19 assists and a pair of digs while Hragyil added 12 assists and four digs as well.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena this weekend as Tech hosts No. 20 Kansas State at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.