Head coach Jerritt Elliott and the Texas volleyball team were able to get their Saturday afternoon plans started a little sooner than they originally planned.
The No. 6 Longhorns made quick work of Texas Tech, sweeping the Red Raiders 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-18) in front of a sold-out crowd at Gregory Gym. Texas moved to 2-0 in the Big 12 after beating Iowa State earlier this week.
"We knew from the start that we were winning this game," senior Claire Hahn said. "We came out super aggressive. We got on them offensively and defensively, and I think they crumbled pretty early. We were able to have fun with it."
Micaya White finished with a team-high 13 kills with a .520 hitting percentage to go along with four digs and a block. Freshman Skylar Fields had 11 with a .647 hitting percentage.
Sophomore All-American outside hitter Logan Eggleston had her faced taped ups after taking a hard fall in the Big 12-opening win against Iowa State on Wednesday, and finished with 12 kills, six digs and two aces.
Sophomore Sydney Peterson led the match with 12 digs and sophomore Jhenna Gabriel finished with 34 assists and added two aces.
"We've been working a lot on the communication between me and the hitters," Gabriel said. "We used our backcourt a lot today, and one of the major factors in that was our communication. There's an extra level of comfort that we've been working to achieve and today was one of the first days we've been able to achieve that."
As a team, Texas had a season-best .456 hitting percentage.
"Today, it looked like we had a lot more fun," Elliott said.
Brionne Butler and Fields were a perfect 4-for-4 on kills and White led the team with five kills in the set, while Asjia O'Neal and Molly Phillips added a pair of blocks apiece to help the Longhorns jump out to an early lead.
Eggleston started to heat up with five kills in the second set to pace the Longhorns' attack. Texas Tech only scored on 13 of its 34 attacks in the one-sided second set.
Texas was a big sloppier in the final set, committing five errors and finishing with a .387 hitting percentage, its lowest in any single set in the match. But Texas Tech had an even lower .138 hitting percentage, and the Longhorns won five of the final seven points to seal the win.
"We're still not picking perfect spots and getting tooled a little too much," Elliott said. "When we were doing that, we were able to go on some good scoring runs. It's a process, we won't be able to fix it overnight."
Texas is on the road for the next two weeks, facing TCU in Fort Worth next Wednesday and traveling to Manhattan, Kansas to face Kansas State on Oct. 9. The Longhorns return home against rival Oklahoma on Oct. 12.
"Over the years, you don't know what to expect with the conference," Hahn said. "Iowa State wasn't the smoothest match we've had, but our team is we're super consistent with what we're doing. Even if it doesn't feel comfortable, we're always just grinding and this first week definitely showed that."