Freshman Skylar Fields led the Longhorns volleyball team with 13 kills as Texas defeated West Virginia 25-13, 25-17, 26-24 on the road in Morgantown, W.Va. on Saturday.
The win moves Texas to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12, setting up a big match with No. 1 Baylor on Wednesday night at Gregory Gym.
Fields also led Texas with a career-high eight blocks. Asjia O’Neal had a season-high seven while Brionne Butler added five. Texas held a 12-7 edge in blocks for the match.
Micaya White added 10 kills with O’Neal chipping in eight on eight attempts.
Jhenna Gabriel had 35 assists in the contest and also shared the team lead in digs with nine. Sydney Petersen also had nine digs while White added eight.
Katelyn Evans led all players with 14 kills, but it wasn’t enough for the Mountaineers.
Texas trailed early in the first set before rattling off six straight to take a 10-5 advantage. West Virginia never got closer than four points after that.
In the second set, the Mountaineers kept it close and tied the game at 15-15 at one point. After that, the Longhorns ran off four straight points as a part of a 7-1 run. Three points in a row closed out the set for Texas.
West Virginia got to set point in the third game, leading 24-23, but Texas answered with three straight points to close out the match. White made two kills in a row after Butler made it 24-24.
Wednesday’s match brings Baylor into a sold-out Gregory Gym in a battle for first place in the Big 12. The Bears are 6-0 in conference and have yet to lose, posting a 16-0 overall record. With Saturday’s win over Texas Tech, the Bears have 10 straight sweeps. The last time they dropped a set was Sept. 12 against Houston.
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