Red Raiders take home West Virginia

LUBBOCK, Texas Fifth year senior Karrington Jones accumulated five blocks on the day to reach 336 career blocks and now ranks eighth all-time in program history as the Red Raiders defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers, 25-16, 25-18, 25-17, on Saturday afternoon at the United Supermarket Arena.

In addition, Jones tallied five more kills for a .333 hitting clip for the Red Raiders (15-12, 4-10 (Big 12). Kenna Sauer posted her team-leading 25th double-digit kill game after a total of 10, while recording six digs and two blocks.

Senior Regan Cooper hit for an impressive .700 after picking up seven hits on 10 attacks and also a total of two blocks. Brooke Kansas added six kills on 11 attacks for a .364 hitting clip while posting four more blocks.

freshman Brian Williams had herself a day as she tallied five kills, two blocks, and four digs, all career highs. defensive, Maddie Correa and Reese Rhodes posted a team-high seven counts in the game. Rhodes also added 30 assists and two blocks.

Texas Tech also had three players collect two aces in the match – Paige Mooney, Sauer and Correa. As a team, the Red Raiders hit .211 with 36 kills, 35 assists, eight aces, 34 digs and nine blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Set one

Both teams went back and forth to start the first set as they were tied at 6-6 on a kill by Kanas, leading to a 3-0 run. Even at 9-9, Tech would go on another 3-0 run when WVU had a service error, then Cooper and Jones posted back-to-back slams to give the Red Raiders a 12-9 lead. Tech would retire after leading 19-14 a block from Williams and Jones. Then Tech ended the set on a big shot from Cooper to win by a score of 25-16.

Set two
It was all Red Raiders who entered the second set after going on a 7-2 run early on, highlighted by kills from Jones and Kanas, aces from Correa and Sauer, and blocks from Cooper and Kanas. The Red Raiders took a 15-10 lead heading into media timeout, before going on a 3-1 run for an 18-11 lead as Kanas dropped another Tech ace. WVU tried to come back and win three consecutive points at 21-16, but the Red Raiders only allowed them two more points as they sealed the set with another Cooper kill, 25-18.

Set three
It was another hot start for Texas Tech after leading early 6-2 in set three on kills by Sauer and Jones. The Red Raiders forced a timeout in West Virginia after winning five consecutive points to take an 18-8 lead as Sauer and Cooper added kills and the team recorded back-to-back blocks. The Mountaineers closed the gap a bit and cut the Tech lead at 22-15. But the Red Raiders then completed the sweep Caitlin Dugan knocked down a kill for a score of 25-17.

NOTABLES

  • Karrington Jones now ranks eighth in program history with 336 blocks after accumulating five against West Virginia.
  • The Red Raiders snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Mountaineer’s heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Kenna Sauer ended the game against the Mountaineer’s with her team-leading 25th double-digit kill performance with 10, bringing her season total to 399 kills.
  • The Raiders earned their second Big 12 victory in three sets and eighth sweep of the year.

QUOTEABLES
Head coach Tony Graystone
Pick up line…
“Good win. Happy with the whole thing. Strong service and passing today. We’ve been working hard over the past week on cleaner touches after the ball came off the block and ugly transitions. We want to clean things up and get organized as quickly as possible, but we did a great job on that Reese [Rhodes] was balanced with how she executed the offense and got everyone involved. Brian Williams started today, and I thought she did a good job. All in all it was a great win and we needed that.”

On the way to the next game…
“Yes, it’s exactly what you would think. We’re working hard. We’re just not getting the results. We’ve had a lot of things ahead of us that we didn’t expect. We started to look like ourselves again last week and played well on our way. We came up a little short, but we felt good. All week we did a good job of implementing what we were trying to convey with the coaching points and preparing as if we were going to execute a game plan.”

On five players with five or more kills…
“That’s a reflection of the first touch. Our passing was really good today, and our block markings were good. Even when we didn’t complete a plan and ended with our block, we slowed the ball down and were able to have a more effortless touch and transition. The main key we could do was get the ball and everyone moving.”

#17 Outside Hitter Regan Cooper
on Brian Williams
“She did a great job. I’m so proud of her. She also implemented the game plan well in terms of block setup. She kept a really calm, collected vibe the whole time. She’s always a very calm person, but I was really proud on her for taking it point by point and taking feedback she was very responsive when we gave her additional feedback and she just went out and acted like she had played in the starting lineup all year so I’m really proud of her She’s one of my good friends on the team, so I’m glad she had a good night tonight.’

When hitting .700…
“It feels good. This was my first time starting on the right flank, so I’ve been working on my range and my shots all week because it’s really different to move from the outside to the right in terms of range. I worked with the setters this week a lot on just being able to find shots and work the block on the right. So I’m glad it paid off.”

Next one
The Red Raiders wrap up the regular season with two games next week against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. on Wednesday and their Senior Day game against Kansas on Friday.

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