Oklahoma Drops Texas Tech in Straight Sets
Amanda Dowdy had a match-high 17 kills in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Oklahoma.
Nov. 23, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma combined to hit just under .500 over the opening two frames and survived a third-set rally Wednesday evening in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 35-33) sweep over Texas Tech at McCasland Field House.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to below .500 for the first time since the season opener as Tech now stands 15-16 on the year and 1-14 in Big 12 play entering its regular season finale against Missouri Saturday. No Tech team has finished .500 or better since the 2001 season.
The Sooners (21-10; 8-7) took the match's momentum early on, building a 16-5 lead in the opening set as Tech struggled defensively through the opening frame.
Tech recovered to make a few runs in the second behind the arm of Amanda Dowdy as the senior recorded seven of her match-high 17 kills in the set. The Red Raiders pulled to an 18-17 deficit late in the frame, but OU pulled off the next two points following a timeout en route to 7-2 run down the stretch.
Following the break, Tech seemed primed to extend the match to a fourth with an 18-15 lead late in the frame before the Sooners made yet another rally to tie the set at 21 all.
The two teams exchanged points back-and-forth from there, with the Sooners taking seven shots at match point before Suzy Boulavsky and Sallie McLaurin combined to block a Dowdy attack to finally pull out the 35-33 victory.
The Red Raiders had three shots of their own at set point, but the Sooners were able to find their way around the Tech block to retie the frame. Tech finished with eight of its 9.5 blocks in the final set alone, keeping the Sooners to a .143 percentage in the process.
"Playing a good team on the road, we've got to come out with a better start than we did," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "Give Oklahoma credit, they played well throughout the night. I was proud of how we came back and competed in the third, but we still have to learn how to begin matches off better."
McLaurin led OU with 13 kills in the match as the sophomore combined to hit .706 overall after posting only one error off 17 attempts. Carlee Roethlisberger added 10 kills for the Sooners, who finished with a .333 hitting percentage, the second-highest total for a Tech opponent this season.
Miara Cave also added nine kills for the Red Raiders, while Breeann David had eight of her own. Playing on her 22nd birthday, setter Karlyn Meyers finished with 35 assists on the night while adding six digs and three blocks. Tory Vaughan also had 10 digs to boost Tech defensively.
The Red Raiders and Missouri will close the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday in the United Spirit Arena. Tech will honor both Dowdy and Meyers prior to the match as part of its Senior Night ceremonies.