A Texas volleyball scrimmage at Gregory Gym on Aug. 19, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Longhorns volleyball team wins Big 12 opener

Posted September 23rd, 2017

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The No. 6 Texas Longhorns volleyball team needed five sets to win its Big 12 opener in Morgantown, W.V. Saturday.

Texas rallied to defeat West Virginia 27-25, 23-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12.

Micaya White once again led the Longhorns in kills, hitting home 16 with a .297 hitting percentage. She also added a season high in digs with 15.

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Lexi Sun and Chiaka Ogbogu each had 13 kills in the win. Ogbogu had no hitting errors in the game on the way to a hitting percentage of .619. Sun added 11 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season.

Ashley Shook recorded a career high in sets with 53 and added 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.

Morgan Johnson also set a career high as she made 10 blocks to lead Texas. The Longhorns had 14 blocks to the Mountaineers’ 8.

Cat McCoy led the Longhorns with 16 digs. It was her 10th match this year with double-digit digs.

After Texas was pushed to the limit in the first set, winning 27-25, the Mountaineers won two straight sets.

West Virginia finished the second set with a 3-1 run to win 25-23.

After the Mountaineers won the third set to take a 2-1 lead, Texas started the rally.

The Longhorns took an 11-6 lead and stayed ahead the whole way.

Texas fell down 5-1 early in the decisive set, but the Longhorns won five of the final seven points to complete the comeback.

The Longhorns volleyball team returns to Gregory Gym on Wednesday to take on Baylor at 7 p.m. Longhorn Network will televise the action.

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