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WVU Volleyball Rallies Past Texas Tech for First Win

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After dropping the first set 25-19 Friday at Texas Tech, West Virginia volleyball rallied to win the next three sets and defeat the Red Raiders 3-1 for WVU’s first win of the season.

The Mountaineers (1-1) won a back-and-forth second set on two consecutive kills by senior Briana Lynch and a final kill from junior Kristin Lux.

TTU (1-1) went on a 7-3 run late in the third set to take a 21-18 lead, but WVU won seven of the final nine points to win the set 25-23.

In the fourth set, the Mountaineers looked to close the match win leading 24-20, but the Red Raiders won the next four points to tie the set 24-24. Kills by Lux and sophomore Emmy Ogogor powered West Virginia to a 27-25 set win and a 3-1 match victory, its first of the 2020 season.

“We minimized our hitting errors. Everyone was committed to hitting smarter and making better decisions. That kept us in the game,” head coach Reed Sunahara said. “When we needed kills, we got them down the stretch. When you have five people in double figures, you have a balanced attack, and (junior setter) Lacey (Zerwas) did a good job disturbing the ball to everyone.”

Lynch led the team with 15 kills, followed by Ogogor (14), Lux (12), Natali Petrova (10) and Audrey Adams (10). Alexa Hasting (23) and Skye Stokes (15) led the team in digs.

WVU’s next series will be next weekend, Oct. 1 and 2, hosting the Kanas State Wildcats at WVU Coliseum.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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