COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team opened the Maryland Challenge with a 3-0 loss to No. 7 Washington at the XFINITY Center, which opened in 2002 to replace Cole Field House, on Thursday afternoon. The match marked the 1,500th in Sooners history. The program played its first match on October 15, 1974 and has totaled 768 win over 44 seasons under four coaches, including 14th-year head coach Santiago Restrepo.
The Sooners, wearing their road reds as the away team, fell behind early in the first and were unable to catch up until a competitive third set. The Huskies won the first two by scores of 25-8 and 25-10 before battling OU to a 25-23 score in the third in final set.
Oklahoma, Washington, Maryland and Southern California have met up for an early season tournament three years in a row. The Sooners stepped in to host the competition in 2015; landing a win over the Terrapins at McCasland Field House. A year ago, the Women of Troy hosted in Los Angeles, where OU outside hitter Alyssa Enneking (League City, Texas) earned All-Tournament honors with a then career-high 18 kills.
Enneking, a junior who leads the Sooners (3-7) with 4.00 kills per set, tallied a match-high 12 kills against the Huskies (9-1). Eight of Enneking’s 12 kills came in the third set as she lifted her hitting percentage to .242 for the match.
The Huskies, who reached the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago, hit .429 as a team as Courtney Schwan knocked down a team-high 10 kills. Bailey Tanner totaled 30 assists and Tia Scambray notched a match-leading 10 digs.
UW senior and graduate transfer Marion Hazelwood posted seven kills on a .500 attack rate and four blocks against her former team. A three-time AVCA All-America Honorable Mention as a Sooner, Hazelwood graduated from OU in May and transferred to Washington for the final season of her career.
OU freshman middle blocker Paige Anderson (McKinney, Texas) was second on the team with six kills, while hitting .500. Junior setter Audrey Alford (Norman, Okla.) dished out 24 assists and picked up four digs.
The Sooners are in action twice on Friday beginning with a 10 a.m. CT match against Maryland and followed by a 3 p.m. match with No. 18 USC.