Roberson's career night leads No. 11 Volleyball to sweep of Texas Tech
Oct. 16, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The No. 11 Texas Volleyball team used a career-high 17-kill performance by junior outside hitter Amber Roberson to sweep past Texas Tech, Saturday night in front a season-high crowd of 3,133 at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-13, 25-14, 25-14 victory improved the Longhorns to 12-5 on the year and 7-2 in Big 12 play, while the Red Raiders 3-15 overall and 1-8 in league action.
Roberson hit .500 on the night and added two service aces, six digs and two total blocks. Senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris and sophomore opposite hitter Sha'Dare McNeal each added six kills, while McNeal chipped in four blocks.
In the first set, Texas took advantage of an early 5-0 run capped by two Roberson kills to claim a 7-4 lead. The Horns widened the lead to 17-8 behind a 5-1 run that included one kill from Roberson and closed out the frame on a 4-1 run that was punctuated with a Roberson kill and ended the set, 25-13.
Texas was hot to start the second set as Roberson recorded two kills to fuel a 6-1 run that gave the Longhorns an 8-5 edge. A 5-0 rally that ended with an ace by Roberson extended the lead to 14-7 before UT finished the stanza on a 7-2 run paced by a kill and a block by junior setter Michelle Kocher that claimed a 25-14 set win.
In the final set, Roberson headlined a 10-1 Texas run with four kills to help the Longhorns to a quick 15-5 lead. A double-block by Roberson and Doris helped UT extend the lead to 20-8 and Roberson's 17th kill of the night forced set point at the 24-13 mark. Texas went on to close out the set, 25-14 on Kocher's season-high fourth kill of the match.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20 when it travels to Kansas. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. Central.
On whether their strategy changed given that Texas Tech played so many players: We just kind of stuck with what we were trying to do. We were not trying to over think it with them. We knew that [Amanda] Dowdy would get a lot of balls. They switched her from outside to middle. They also started commit-blocking on Rachael (Adams), so we were having two blockers all the time. That left Sha'Dare (McNeal) open and our outsides were getting some good swings, so the numbers were pretty good for her and Amber (Roberson).
Junior outside hitter Amber Roberson
On keeping the number of errors low: One thing that we stress in the practice gym is low errors, so of course we are going to try to transfer that over to the court.
Freshman libero Sarah Palmer
On the biggest adjustment to taking over as the team's libero: I definitely had to change my mindset of coming in to every practice knowing that I cannot just slack off. I have to keep pushing hard and learning everything super fast for the next game so I can just become better.
Junior setter Michelle Kocher