Texas players talk between sets against Texas Tech on Saturday, October 17, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Longhorns bounce back against Texas Tech

Longhorns move to 9-1 in Big 12 play

Posted October 30th, 2015

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The Texas Longhorns bounced back from an upset loss to TCU earlier in the week by defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) on Friday night in Lubbock. The win improves the Longhorns’ record to 19-2 overall and 9-1 in the Big 12 conference.

Amy Neal and Paulina Prieto Cerame led the offensive attack with a combined 25 kills. In addition to her team-leading 13 kills, Neal also had eight digs. It was the fifteenth time Neal led the team in kills. Prieto Cerame pitched in three block assists to go along with her 12 kills on a .385 hitting percentage.

Chiaka Ogbogu had nine kills and two block assists in the win. Chloe Collins set up 33 kills while Cat McCoy led the defense with 12 digs. Molly McCage added four block assists to her career total, bringing her all-time career number to 421.

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The Longhorns improved their hitting percentage drastically from Wednesday’s loss to the Horned Frogs, hitting .337 as a team. Texas Tech was held to just .071 in the match.

Texas took a quick 7-3 lead in the first set, but the Red Raiders (13-11, 2-8 Big 12) managed to tie it at 15. The Longhorns then won 10 of the next 15 points to take the set.

The Longhorns got up big in the second set, taking a 10-3 lead on the strength of three kills from Neal. Neal had six kills in the game.

Texas started the third set with a 10-5 lead following kills from Prieto Cerame, Yaazie Bedart-Ghani and McCage. Bedart-Ghani’s kill late in the set pushed the Longhorns to a 3-0 run to take the match.

The Longhorns will next face West Virginia at Gregory Gym on Thursday at 7 p.m. The match will air on Longhorn Network.

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