The University of Oklahoma started Big 12 play with a 3-1 win overTexas Tech at McCasland Field House on Tuesday night. The Sooners improved to13-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while also running its win streakagainst the Red Raiders to 16 matches.
Oklahoma won the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-22, after trailinglate in both. Texas Tech (7-9, 0-1) forced a fourth with a 25-23 win in thethird and the Sooners put the match away in the fourth, 25-19.
"We did a great job," said Head Coach Santiago Restrepo. "Ithought we should have closed it in three, but they are a talented team. It wasgood to see us bounce back and take a big lead [in the fourth], even thoughthey put pressure on at the end."
In the first, Oklahoma trailed as late as 21-19 and trailed latein the second, 20-19 before coming back to win both sets. The Sooners won fivestraight points to end the first, all on serves by senior outside hitter KeilaRodriguez (Gurabo, Puerto Rico), including a pair of service aces.
Senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) ledOklahoma to the win in a 14-kill, five-block effort as she hit .462. TheRed Raiders were led by Jenna Allen and Breeann David who registered 21 and 18kills, respectively.
Rodriguez posted a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs, whilesophomore Julia Doyle (Plymouth, Minn.) also tallied a double-doublewith 42 assists and 12 digs. Doyle also chipped in with six kills and a .667hitting percentage.
Sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) andfreshman middle blocker Micaela Spann (Carrollton, Texas) were both indouble figures with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. For Spann, it was aseason-high as she reached double figures for the first time in her career.
"[Micaela] had 11 kills and hit close to .300," continuedRestrepo. "That is really good for her being a freshman. Now we just have toget the other freshman back to playing up to par."
David led all players with 21 digs, followed by teammate RachelBrummitt and OU sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo (Kansas City, Mo.) with18 apiece. Texas Tech's Emily Ruetter led all players with 49 assists togo with seven digs.
The Sooners return to action on Saturday, September 28 at No. 5Texas at 3:00 pm.
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