Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Texas Tech scored its first Big 12 Conference win of the season Saturday as the Red Raiders overcame an early first-set deficit to defeat West Virginia, 3-1 (19-25, 25-10, 25-22, 26-24), at the WVU Coliseum.
The win snapped a nine-match losing streak for the Red Raiders (12-10; 1-5), who also recorded their first Big 12 win on the road since topping Colorado on Nov. 20, 2010, in Boulder.
"This is a very important step for us," Tech head coach Don Flora said. "To look at the team and say ‘this is how we are going to go about this' and for them to stick with it was huge. After losing that first game, for us to come back and win in four was a really good win for us."
After struggling with attacking errors through the early part of league play, the Red Raiders totaled just 20 against the Mountaineers (8-13; 0-7) en route to finishing with a .236 hitting percentage, Tech's highest average in a conference match since hitting .294 in a 3-2 loss against Colorado on Oct. 13, 2010.
Miara Cave led the Red Raiders with 15 kills on the right side as the senior totaled a .303 hitting percentage after recording just five errors off 33 attempts. She also notched six digs and a pair of blocks as well.
Following the first set loss, Flora turned to his bench for a lift and both Meghan Stacy and Nicole Hragyil delivered. Stacy connected on 10 kills, her most in Big 12 play this year, while Hragyil recorded her first career double-double with 30 assists and 10 digs.
"We're in that midseason lull with some people physically," Flora added. "We talk about the emotional balance and who is going to add a positive spark. Some people came in and gave us a nice lift and it was nice to see Meghan Stacy and Nicole Hragyil do that."
Mikia Mills also added a career-high eight kills to go along with seven blocks while Lydia McKay also chipped in seven kills from the middle as she hit .316 overall with just one error off 19 attempts.
Tech out-blocked the Mountaineers, 10-7, in the match as Stacy also added four stuffs for the Red Raiders while McKay recorded three as well. Rachel Brummitt anchored the back row with 20 digs, marking the seventh time this year she has reached the 20-dig plateau.
West Virginia wrapped the match with a .145 hitting percentage, the lowest for a Big 12 opponent under Flora. Elzbieta Klein led the Mountaineers with 14 kills while Hannah Sackett and Nikki Attea added 13 and 11 each, respectively.
Tech was previously 3-7 this year and 4-21 under Flora when losing the opening set. It also marked the first time Tech had overcome a first-set deficit in league play under Flora.
The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena next Wednesday to host Oklahoma in a 6 p.m. match that will be broadcast nationally on Fox College Sports. The match will also be Tech's annual "Power in Pink" promotion as all fans wearing pink will be admitted for free.