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Texas Tech's Rally Falls Short at Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. – Amanda Dowdy posted her sixth career double-double, but Oklahoma was able to overcome multiple deficits to top Texas Tech, 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 25-27, 25-17), Wednesday evening in front of 1,061 fans at McCasland Field House.

After a slow start to the match, Dowdy poured in 10 kills in Tech's (2-10; 0-3) third-set victory to go along with her 11 digs over the course of the match to pace the Red Raiders, but Oklahoma's (10-3; 2-0) .285 attacking percentage proved to be too much down the stretch.

"I was proud of how we responded in the third set," Tech head coach Trish Knight said. "Errors are still hurting us, but the way we came back and almost pushed the match to five sets was great to see. We still have areas to improve, but we're getting closer I know that."

After winning 11 of the final 13 points in its match against Kansas State last Saturday, Tech continued its run against the Sooners, opening with a 6-2 advantage. OU immediately responded with a 18-4 run of its own to take a 20-10 lead. The Red Raiders rallied to close the score to 22-18, but OU won the final three points to close the set.

The Red Raiders opened the second set once again in the lead with a 12-8 advantage, but OU was able to respond with four-straight points to tie the match at 12 each. Following back-and-forth points that kept the match tied at 16 each, the Sooners ran away with the set backed by a 9-2 run that forced Tech to attempt its first come-from-behind victory of the year.

Tech came back with a vengeance in the third, overcoming an early 11-8 deficit to pull to a 16-16 tie. Despite five service errors in the set, including several late in the frame, Tech was able to comeback from multiple deficits to take a 25-24 lead. After failing in its first set point attempt, Tech converted its next opportunity to take its first set in Big 12 play with a 27-25 victory.

The Red Raiders carried the momentum into the fourth set, taking a 5-1 lead early in the frame. OU made a run of its own, however, to tie the match and eventually take a 21-17. With Tech looking to prolong the match, the Sooners connected on four-straight points to end Tech's rally and end the match.

Justine Young recorded a season-high nine kills and eight blocks to pace Tech up the middle. Miara Cave and Caroline Courtney both added eight kills for Tech, while Jackie Vincent paced the Tech defense with 12 digs. Dowdy finished the match with 14 kills overall.

Suzy Boulavsky led the Sooner attack with 14 kills and Morgan Reynolds added 12 of her own. Maria Fernanda recorded a match-high 24 digs, helping keep the Tech offense at bay.

Oklahoma's 1,061 fans in attendance were the eighth-largest crowd to see a Sooner volleyball match in McCasland Field House history.

The Red Raiders return to the road this weekend to face the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. First serve is slated for 6:30 p.m. from Reed Arena in College Station.

Source: TTU

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