NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma volleyball team avenged an earlier loss to Texas Tech by defeating the Lady Raiders (19-30, 30-26, 30-28, 23-30, 15-13) in five games on Wednesday night at the Howard McCasland Field House. The loss marks the first time OU has defeated Texas Tech since 1998. OU improves to 3-10 in Big 12 play and 11-14 overall, while Tech drops into last place in the conference with a 2-12 record and a 10-13 overall mark.
The match featured a duel between conference kill leaders Joanna Schmitt (No. 4) and Kelly Johnson (No. 1) of Texas Tech. The OU left-sider turned in 22 kills and 14 digs for her 11th double-double of the season, while Johnson tallied 24 kills and 14 digs. The difference in the match was that Schmitt had a partner in crime, Christina Maynes, who tallied 22 kills and a match-high 19 digs. Maynes also turned in a match-high three aces, which was equaled by Schmitt.
OU came out flat in the first game despite four kills each from Maynes and sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Mosso. Maynes tallied eight first session digs to lead both teams. The slow start was too much for the Sooners to overcome as they lost 30-19.
OU rebounded in the second game thanks to seven kills off the arm of Schmitt. Maynes hit double-digits in digs when she helped set up Schmitt for a kill and a 13-8 advantage. Through two sessions, the duel between Johnson and Schmitt was in the favor of the Lady Raider, 10-9.
In game three, two consecutive aces from Rachel Jackson put OU up 12-7. Mosso and sophomore Sheena Werling combined to block Johnson for a 13-7 lead, which forced Tech to call a time out. Schmitt polished off game three with a kill, which quelled a late five point Tech rally that narrowed the game to 28-27. The Sooners took the game 30-28.
OU jumped out to a 12-7 lead in game four but couldn’t hold off a Tech surge that put the game in their favor 14-13. OU hit just .026 in the fourth game and fell by a score of 30-23.
OU, which is now 4-1 when the game goes the distance, got four kills apiece from Schmitt and Maynes and sent the Lady Raiders packing with their 12th loss of the conference season.
Mosso finished with a season-high 10 kills, as well as three block assists. Fellow middle Keri Coats tallied nearly as many block assists as kills, with a 7 to 8 ratio. Sheena Werling made up for a slow offensive night by tying a career-high with five block assists and one block solo. Senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva continued to pile up the digs, turning in 16 on this night. Freshman Rachel Jackson turned in the third Sooner double-double and the eighth of her career with 54 assists and 13 digs.
OU has won two of its last three matches and awaits a rematch with Texas A&M, Saturday at 7 p.m. in College Station. OU returns home on Nov. 15 for a showdown with Missouri. The match has been rescheduled for a 5 p.m. start. It was originally set to begin at 7 p.m.