The West Virginia volleyball team came up just short in a 3-2 loss against the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
In the first set, the Mountaineers (11-15, 2-11 Big 12) got off to a good start, taking an 8-3 lead and forcing a Red Raider timeout. Leading 19-15, WVU scored five in a row on their way to taking the set by a score of 25-16.
The second set stayed about as close as possible. After Texas Tech (15-12, 5-8) had a 10-8 lead, both teams would trade the lead and be within one until WVU went up, 24-22, late. In position to take the set, the Mountaineers struggled, and the Red Raiders scored four in a row to win, 26-24.
In the third set, WVU led 9-8 before Texas Tech got into a rhythm and scored four straight points. They wouldn’t give up the lead again in the set and won 25-19.
The fourth set came down to the wire, with WVU winning by a narrow 25-23 margin. With the Mountaineers holding a 13-10 advantage, Texas Tech went on a run and scored five straight and forced a WVU timeout. The Mountaineers wouldn’t give up and was able to come out on top after giving up a lead only two sets before.
In the fifth and final set, both teams traded points yet again, and similarly had Texas Tech come out on top by two at 15-13.
“We got to kill more balls,” head coach Reed Sunahara said. “That’s the bottom line. I thought we killed a lot of balls today, but not enough. We gotta get back to work on Monday and figure out how we can win.”
The Mountaineer offense was led by senior Katelyn Evans and junior Briana Lynch with 18 kills each. Senior Erin Slinde also contributed with 13.
On defense, WVU was led by junior Alexa Hasting with 22 digs. The next highest Mountaineer total came from freshman Natalie Winter, sophomore Lacey Zerwas and senior Gabrielle Cuckovich with eight digs each.
The Mountaineers will go on the road for one final time when they take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday at 7 p.m.