NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma started Big 12 play with a 3-1 win over Texas Tech at McCasland Field House on Tuesday night. The Sooners improved to 13-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while also running its win streak against the Red Raiders to 16 matches.
Oklahoma won the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-22, after trailing late in both. Texas Tech (7-9, 0-1) forced a fourth with a 25-23 win in the third and the Sooners put the match away in the fourth, 25-19.
“We did a great job,” said Head Coach Santiago Restrepo. “I thought we should have closed it in three, but they are a talented team. It was good to see us bounce back and take a big lead [in the fourth], even though they put pressure on at the end.”
In the first, Oklahoma trailed as late as 21-19 and trailed late in the second, 20-19 before coming back to win both sets. The Sooners won five straight points to end the first, all on serves by senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez (Gurabo, Puerto Rico), including a pair of service aces.
Senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) led Oklahoma to the win in a 14-kill, five-block effort as she hit .462. The Red Raiders were led by Jenna Allen and Breeann David who registered 21 and 18 kills, respectively.
Rodriguez posted a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Julia Doyle (Plymouth, Minn.) also tallied a double-double with 42 assists and 12 digs. Doyle also chipped in with six kills and a .667 hitting percentage.
Sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) and freshman middle blocker Micaela Spann (Carrollton, Texas) were both in double figures with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. For Spann, it was a season-high as she reached double figures for the first time in her career.
“[Micaela] had 11 kills and hit close to .300,” continued Restrepo. “That is really good for her being a freshman. Now we just have to get the other freshman back to playing up to par.”
David led all players with 21 digs, followed by teammate Rachel Brummitt and OU sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo (Kansas City, Mo.) with 18 apiece. Texas Tech’s Emily Ruetter led all players with 49 assists to go with seven digs.
The Sooners return to action on Saturday, September 28 at No. 5 Texas at 3:00 pm.