OU Volleyball Dominant in Lubbock
LUBBOCK, Texas – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team rattled off its third consecutive league win with a 3-0 sweep against Texas Tech at the United Supermarkets Arena on Wednesday evening. The Sooners improved to 12-7 overall and evened out at 3-3 in the Big 12, while the Red Raiders dropped to 10-11 and 0-6.
Oklahoma played behind often in the first two sets, but came away with narrow wins of 28-26 and 25-23. The Sooners then owned the third and final set with a 25-17 showing.
Head coach Santiago Restrepo called timeouts on back-to-back point late in the second when trailing, 22-19. A 4-1 OU run, capped by sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Enneking’s (League City, Texas) put the Sooners in front. Redshirt-senior outside hitter Madison Ward (Lawton, Okla.) then won the set for Oklahoma with a kill on its fourth set-point opportunity.
Enneking hit .615 in the set and went on to hit .390 on the night. She totaled a match-leading 19 kills; besting her career-high for the second match in a row.
Texas Tech began set two on a 5-1; forcing an early OU timeout. Junior middle blocker Marion Hazelwood (Beach City, Texas) momentarily swung the momentum toward the Sooners with back-to-back blocks out of the break. Later in the stanza, it was three straight hitting errors by Tech that gave Oklahoma the lead at 20-19. Senior middle blocker Micaela Spann (Carrollton, Texas), playing for the first time in two weeks, then put OU in front two sets to none with her eighth kill of the night.
Spann was error free through the first two sets and finished with nine kills, one error and hit .500. Hazelwood added nine kills and six blocks.
After trading points early in the third, the Sooners used a 5-1 run to increase its lead to 12-7; its largest of the night and force a Red Raider timeout. The lead grew with a pair of Enneking and Hazelwood combo blocks after the timeout. Tech fought back with a 6-1 run, but OU answered with three in a row; capped by a service ace from junior defensive specialist Emma Kelly (Houston, Texas) to lead 18-13. Oklahoma left with the win as the final point of the sweep came with Hazelwood and sophomore outside hitter Madison Drescher (Southlake, Texas) teaming up on the block.
For the Red Raiders, Lauren Douglass led the offense with 12 kills on a .345 attack rate. Marguerite Grubb collected 36 assists and nine digs, while Maggie Sagers led all players with 19 digs.
The Sooners return home to face Kansas State on Saturday, October 15 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.