Volleyball Home on Saturday at 2:00

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 04, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. – The Sooners return home to face No. 25 Iowa State at 2:00 pm on Saturday. Admission to the match is FREE.

Saturday's match also marks "Fan Appreciation Day". A drawing will be held to determine the participant for the honorary first serve of the Baylor match on November 16.


1. About the Sooners
Oklahoma is 13-3 overall, and 1-1 in the Big 12 following a loss to No. 5 Texas on Saturday. Senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin is hitting a team-best .453, while also leading the way with 3.74 kills and 1.38 blocks per set. Sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst is second on the team with 3.12 kills per set and a .241 attack rate. Defensively, sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo leads the Sooners with 3.84 digs per set. As a team, Oklahoma is hitting .254, ranked second in the Big 12, while holding its opponents to .181. The Sooners lead the Big 12 with 16.91 digs per set.

2. Welcoming the Cyclones
Iowa State, the first ranked opponent to visit Norman this season, enters Saturday’s match ranked 25th in the AVCA poll at 8-4 overall. The Cyclones are 2-0 in the Big 12 with back-to-back sweeps over Baylor and Texas Tech. Iowa State leads the league in service aces per set (1.67) and ranks second in kills (14.07) and assists (13.29).

3. Sooners Lead the Series
The Cyclones have won each of the last four match-ups, but the Sooners remain in the lead of the all-time series, 43-28, and are 21-10 in Norman. Oklahoma’s last win in the series was a 3-1 decision at home on November 13, 2010. The series started in 1976 with a 2-0 Sooner win that started the longest winning streak in series history, six matches.

4. Home Court Advantage
Oklahoma is 4-1 in home matches this season and improved to 80-36 (.690) at McCasland Field House under Restrepo. The Sooners are averaging 721 in attendance at home dates, topped with 868 in the home opener against Arkansas on September 3. Since the Oklahoma volleyball program took its first serve in 1974, the Sooners have tallied a 292-192 (.603) record on their home court.

5. Nearing the Top-10
McLaurin notched the 1,000th kill of her career with her third of the night in a 3-2 win over No. 25 BYU on September 7. In that match, she registered a then season-high 21 kills, to go with a .677 hitting percentage and eight blocks. McLaurin enters the match with 1,130. She is chasing Margaret Page (1983-87) for 10th all-time at 1,170.

6. Social Buzz
In a list published by USA Volleyball that was published on Monday, Oklahoma’s twitter page (@OU_Volleyball) ranked 22nd in all of the NCAA for followers at 3,555. The Sooners rank fourth among Big 12 schools, behind Texas (3), Iowa State (17) and Baylor (19).

7. Bouncing Back
In 2012, the Sooners were 8-2 when returning to the court after a loss, bouncing back in good form, all but twice. This season, Oklahoma has bounced back from its first two losses with 3-1 wins over Portland State and LIU Brooklyn. The Sooners last lost back-to-back games on November 10 and 14, 2012 with 3-0 defeats to No. 20 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas.



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