AUSTIN, Texas – The West Virginia University volleyball team dropped its Saturday afternoon Big 12 road match to No. 3 Texas 3-0 (14-25, 17-25, 16-25), at Gregory Gymnasium.
The Mountaineers (8-20, 0-14 Big 12) could not contain the Longhorns’ (23-3, 15-0 Big 12) offensive power as the Big 12 Champions hit .468 in the match and recorded 13 team blocks.
After two straight kills from Texas to start the first set, WVU responded with kills from freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells
and freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
to tie the set at three. The set was tightly contested until a 5-0 run by the Longhorns forced WVU to use its first timeout at 6-11. Texas continued to stretch out its lead and would win the first set 25-14.
Texas used its momentum from the first set to start the second with a 4-0 lead before a kill from freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
snapped their run and put WVU on the board. The Mountaineers would make a run to bring the set within one at 9-8, but four straight points from the Longhorns made WVU call a timeout trailing 13-8. Out of the timeout, the Mountaineers responded with a balanced attack of three straight kills to pull the set within one again at 14-13, but Texas would not let WVU get any closer as they took 11 of the next 15 points to win the second set.
After the break, WVU took its first lead of the match with kills from Attea and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
to start the third set. The Longhorns responded with a block and two kills to take the lead back, but the Mountaineers kept the set close by capitalizing off of errors by Texas and kills from Klein. WVU closed in on the Longhorns with a service ace from junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick
at 13-12, but a 7-0 run solidified the lead for Texas as they went on to take the third set and the match.
Attea led WVU with eight kills, while junior outside hitter Arielle Allen
recorded eight digs and three blocks.
The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 21 for a match against Iowa State at 6:30 p.m. This is the final home match of the 2012 season for WVU and will serve as Senior Night for lone senior Karly Rasmussen