MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team was unable to overcome No. 1 Texas, as the Mountaineers suffered a 3-0 loss on Thursday evening, at Gregory Stadium, in Austin Texas. The Longhorns (10-0) took the match from the Mountaineers (12-2) in set scores of 25-21, 25-11 and 25-19.
“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.”
Fifth-year senior outside hitter Athena Ardila and fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch led the Mountaineers with eight kills each. They were followed by senior outside hitter Natali Petrova and junior middle blocker Emmy Ogogor who both tallied six kills.
Senior setter Lacey Zerwas finished the match with a team-high 28 assists, and fifth-year senior outside hitter Adrian Ell led the team with nine digs on the night.
WVU finished the match hitting .135 with 34 kills and three team blocks.
Petrova got the Mountaineers going in set one with a kill, but the Longhorns responded with a kill of their own. UT took a 3-2 lead after a kill and service ace. The teams traded points until WVU went on a 5-0 scoring run to take a 13-10 lead. The Longhorns responded with a pair of scoring runs of their own, but a Texas 6-0 run brought them to set point, 24-20. WVU gained a point on a Texas attack error, but the set ended in the Longhorns favor, 25-21
Texas opened the second set with a pair of points and WVU tallied a point on a UT service error. The Mountaineers recorded seven kills, but the Longhorns rallied and went on multiple scoring runs to take the second set, 25-11.
A kill from Ardila opened the third set, and Texas responded with a kill. The Longhorns took the lead, 4-2, but the Mountaineers gained a kill and a point off a Longhorns attack error to tie the set, 5-5. The teams followed by alternating points. Texas went on a 3-0 scoring run to gain a 15-13 lead and brought the set to a media timeout. Following the timeout, Ell came in with a kill.
Texas went on a few scoring runs to take a 19-15 lead. The Mountaineers could not gain enough momentum to come back, and a 3-0 scoring run closed out the set and match in the Longhorn’s favor, 25-19.
West Virginia returns to the court on Friday for another match against Texas. First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET inside Gregory Gymnasium. Live stats and video for both matches can be found on WVUsports.com.
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