OU came out on fire in the third set. McLaurin, Madison Ward and Kierra Holst gave home team a 9-5 advantage, forcing Texas to call a time-out.
Oklahoma took a 25-24 lead and was one point from taking the set. But Holst served it into the net to tie the set up. Eckerman then came up with a miss hit to put Oklahoma back up by one. Rodriguez put the set away with a punishing kill to give OU a 27-25 win. It was the first set they have taken from the Longhorns in two matches this season.
“I think we had momentum and when we had it we were doing great,” Rodriguez said. “I think we were anxious in the first two sets. In third set, we got rid of that and started playing the game. The first two sets, that wasn’t our game.”
Oklahoma and Texas were tied 13-13 midway through the fourth before UT took three straight points forcing Restrepo to call a time-out. OU responded with a 4-1 run to tie the set at 17-17.
But the experience of the Longhorns prevailed as they outscored OU 8-4 down the stretch. Eckerman ended the match with her 19th kill of the night.
“It’s good for us to be in these situations,” Elliot said. “We need to be pushed and we need to be tested. Santiago does a nice job with his team.”
Rodriguez led the Sooners with 11 kills and 14 digs. Taylor Migliazzo added 13 digs and three assists while Julia Doyle had 33 assists.
Along with Eckerman’s 19 kills and 11 digs, Hannah Allison tallied 52 of her team’s 57 assists.
“We had a set against the no. 1 ranked team,” McLaurin said. “So we are a great team. That could have easily gone to five sets. We have a chance to upset some major teams.”
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