LUBBOCK, Texas The Oklahoma volleyball team fell in three games (21-30, 24-30, 27-30) to Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday evening. OU falls to 9-13 overall, 1-9 in conference, while the Lady Raiders upped their record to 9-10, while picking up their first conference win of the season (1-9).
Oklahoma was led by the usual suspects. Freshman Joanna Schmitt hammered a team-high 14 kills, nine digs and two block assists. Sophomore Sheena Werling turned in 10 kills and eight digs. Middle blocker Keri Coats recorded six kills and seven block assists, which ties an OU career-high. Left-sider Christina Maynes tallied nine digs, while senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva collected a match-high 10 digs.
OU was paced by Schmitt, who turned in three early kills as the Sooners jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first game. The lead was short lived as the Lady Raiders battled back to take the lead at 11-8. Texas Tech extended its lead to 26-17 and closed the game at 30-21, despite seven first session kills by Schmitt. Maynes and sophomore Sheena Werling turned in four kills apiece in the opening game.
The Sooners jumped out to an 9-7 lead in the second game thanks to five errors by Tech and a couple kills by Coats. The Lady Raiders responded with a nine point rally that pushed the game in their favor at 17-11. OU closed Tech’s lead to 24-22 but couldn’t stop Big 12 kills leader Kelly Johnson who closed the match with a kill at 30-24. Coats tallied three block assists in the second game, while Schmitt hit double-digits in kills with three in the second frame.
An ace off the arm of Jennifer Mosso tied the third session at 14-14, as the Sooners battled back from a 7-3 deficit. The two squads exchanged short rallies before a timeout was called by Mahi with Tech leading 23-20. Despite a late five point rally that cut the lead to 29-27, the Sooners couldn’t pass Tech and lost 30-27.
Oklahoma has the weekend off with its second conference bye of the season. OU returns to Big 12 play on Oct. 29 when Baylor visits the Howard McCasland Field House. The Sooners wil attempt to sweep the Bears for the second consecutive year and up their winning streak to four against Baylor. First serve is set for 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and admission at $5 for adults and $2 for children.