MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia volleyball was unable to defeat No. 1 Texas on Thursday night, as WVU lost the match 3-0 at the Gregory Stadium, in Austin Texas.
Texas (10-0) took the match from the Mountaineers (12-2) in set scores of 25-21, 25-11, and 25-19.
Senior outside hitter Natali Petrova and junior middle blocker Emmy Ogogor followed with six kills each.
Petrova got the Mountaineers in the right direction early in the game by going into set one with a kill, although the Longhorns responded with a kill of their own. UT pushed ahead with a 3-2 lead after a kill and service ace.
Fifth-year senior outside hitter Athena Ardila and fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch steered the Mountaineers with eight kills each.
The two teams went back and forth until WVU went on a scoring era of 5-0 to take on the lead 13-10. The Longhorns responded with two scoring runs of their own, but it was enough to bring them to a 24-20 set point. WVU obtained a point on UT’s error on an attack, but the set resulted in a score of 25-21 in the Longhorn’s favor.
Fifth-year senior outside hitter Adrian Ell guided the team with nine digs on the night.
In the third set, the teams went back and forth for kills, but the Longhorns took the lead, 4-2. The Mountaineers were able to gain a kill and a point of a Longhorn’s attack to tie up the set 5-5.
UT was able to great a lead 15-13 and went into a timeout. WVU came back into the game strong and Ell was able to make a kill.
UT then went onto a scoring run and was able to take the final lead over WVU resulting in a 19-15 lead. The Mountaineers couldn’t make up the loss of points to overcome the Longhorns and a 3-0 scoring run ended the set and match in UT’s favor. The final set score resulted in a 25-19 lead by the Longhorns.
“I thought we did some nice things tonight, but we were not consistent enough,” said coach Reed Sunahara. “We have to be a lot better tomorrow.”
Senior setter Lacey Zerwas finished the match with a team-high in assets with a total of 28.
WVU returns to the Gregory Stadium on Friday at 8 p.m. ET for yet another match against Texas.
Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography