Sooners Take on Big Ten, Pac-12 Competition
Sept. 14-15 | College Park, Md. | XFINITY Center Pavilion
Tournament play wraps up for the University of Oklahoma volleyball team at the Maryland Challenge. The Sooners open the week against No. 7 Washington Thursday at 3 p.m. CT at the XFINITY Center Pavilion in College Park. The weekend continues with a Friday doubleheader against host Maryland at 10 a.m. and No. 18 Southern California at 3 p.m.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma went 2-1 last weekend at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic, hosted by Tulane, to run its record to 3-6 overall. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking is averaging a team-best 4.00 kills per set, while hitting .247, with 2.76 digs per set. Junior Morgan Miller is third in kills (2.07), second in assists (6.30) and third in digs (2.50) as she splits time between setting in OU’s 6-2 and hitting from the right side. Junior setter Audrey Alford is tops on the team in assists at 7.09 per set to go with 2.13 digs per set. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 2.41 blocks per set, which ranks 60th in the nation. Freshman Sarah Maras, who recently moved from outside hitter to middle blocker, is first on the team with a 1.12 blocks per set average.
ALL-TOURNAMENT, ALL THE TIME
Through three weekends of tournament play, Alyssa Enneking has earned All-Tournament honors each time. She added to her accomplishments at the NIKE Invitational and Bobcat Invitational this past weekend at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic. In Ohio, two weeks ago, she hit .245 for the tournament and posted a career-high in kills with 26 against the Bobcats (Sept. 1). Her 26 kills marked the most by a Sooner since Kierra Holst set the program mark in the 25-point, rally-scoring era with 32 against Iowa State in 2014. Prior to this season, Enneking earned All-Tournament honors at the 2016 Pac-12 Challenge.
Marion Hazelwood was a three-time AVCA All-America Honorable Mention at Oklahoma from 2014-16. An early enrollee in the spring of 2014, she graduated from OU this past spring and moved on to Washington as a graduate transfer. She is averaging 2.41 kills and 1.77 blocks per set with the Huskies. As a Sooner, Hazelwood averaged 2.33 kills and 1.07 blocks per set for her career. She twice earned All-Big 12 First Team and was a member of the All-Big 12 Freshman Team as well. Combined between OU and UW, Hazelwood has 806 career kills. Her .324 career hitting percentage ranks fourth all-time at OU.
|Next Home Match|
|Oklahoma vs. K-State
September 20 | Norman, Okla.
The Sooners return home for the first time since opening weekend to host the Wildcats in the Big 12 opener next Wednesday. There will be $5 admissino for all OU faculty and staff as well as an OU volleyball water bottle giveaway to the first 200 fans in attendance. TICKETS
Kristin Carpenter replaced Kelly Files on the Oklahoma coaching staff as an assistant for the 2016 season. A former player at Penn State, where Maryland head coach Steve Aird worked as an assistant, Carpenter moved on to College Park to join the Terrapins staff this past winter. A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Carpenter had arrived at OU after a stint as the volunteer assistant at Virginia in 2015.
Five Sooners combined for 28 double-doubles in 2016 and exactly half of those double-doubles return for 2017. Audrey Alford and Alyssa Enneking each collected seven double-doubles a year ago. Alford picked up her first of 2017 with a 23-assist, 11-dig effort in the first match of the season. Enneking, who collected two double-doubles in one day last weekend, leads the team with two so far in 2017. Alford, Enneking and Morgan Miller, who has added a triple-double, have all recorded three double-doubles through nine matches.