Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 9 Texas rallied from late deficits in both the second and third sets to defeat Texas Tech, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-22), Saturday afternoon in front of a season-high 917 fans at United Spirit Arena.
After struggling through the opening frame, the Red Raiders (11-7; 0-3) recovered to nearly tie the match heading into the break as Tech led 23-22 before Texas (11-3; 4-0) rolled off three-straight points.
Following the tough loss, the Red Raiders came back to lead throughout the third set until the Longhorns tied the frame at 18-18 en route to ending the match on an 8-4 run. The win extended Texas' winning streak over Tech to 23-straight dating back to 2000.
"This was a Texas team that is really good, but I think we proved we are a good team today too," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "We stayed the course in the final two sets and didn't let one point turn into five points like we did in game one. To see that mentality kind of sink in, that's neat to see because that's something we've been really working hard on."
Bailey Webster led Texas with a match-high 14 kills and .344 hitting percentage. Haley Eckerman also connected on 10 kills for the Longhorns, who hit .260 as a team, Texas' lowest hitting percentage against Tech since being held to a .195 average in a 3-1 victory on Oct. 25, 2006, in Lubbock.
The Longhorns gave the Tech attack problems throughout the day as Texas controlled a 14-3 advantage in blocks with eight (all assists) coming from Molly McCage alone. The Red Raiders, meanwhile, did not register a block of their own until early in the third set.
"Their block was really tough," Flora added. "One of the good things was that we were trying to hit it and tool and challenge it. It took us a while to figure out that's a bigger block than we've seen in practices or with who we've seen previously. We started to figure out how high we had to hit off the block, but they are just a good blocking team anyways."
Miara Cave powered the Red Raiders with 12 kills from the right side as the senior also totaled a team-high .214 hitting percentage. Breeann David also added 10 kills in her first full match back from an ankle injury suffered on Sept. 7 at the Montana Tournament.
Tech closed the match hitting .116 as a team after totaling 24 attacking errors. Emily Ehrle also connected on six kills for the Red Raiders while Lydia McKay dropped four as well.
Rachel Brummitt anchored the Tech backline with 14 digs while Emily Wright recorded eight off the bench. Emily Ruetter finished a dig shy of a double-double after the freshman dished 30 assists to go along with nine digs.
The Red Raiders return to non-conference action Tuesday evening when Tech travels to face Central Arkansas in a 6 p.m. match in the Prince Center.