Aug. 27, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma volleyball team opened the 2010 season Friday night, dropping a straight set decision to Wichita State, -20, -21, -19 in the Friday nightcap of the Nike Invitational. The Sooners (0-1) were unable to overcome 26 attack errors and five service errors as OU dropped its fifth straight series match to the Shockers (1-0).
"We were trying different players out there," said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. "Some of them stepped up and some of them didn't. That's a tough match to be playing like that. We just have to figure things out before tomorrow."
Junior Suzy Boulavsky (Houston, Texas) led OU with eight kills, hitting .261 in her season debut. Junior setter Brianne Barker (Amarillo, Texas) recorded her first double-double of the season, tallying 18 assists and 10 digs. Barker added five kills and hit .231 to help pace the offense. Freshman Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) got her first career start and middle blocker and struck down five blocks, including one block solo. McLaurin added four kills, as did senior Sarah Freudenrich (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Freshman Andrea McQuaid (Ovilla, Texas) saw time in all three sets and recorded 13 digs. Junior Caitlin Higgins (Amarillo, Texas) tallied OU’s only service ace of the evening.
Camri Zwiesler led Wichita State with 12 kills and 10 digs. Mary Elizabeth Hooper’s 20 assists paced the Shockers, and Amanda Backes added five total blocks. As a team, WSU hit .157 and had four service aces.
Tournament action resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. CT with Miami facing Wichita State. The Sooners face UT-Arlington at noon. The Mavericks play the Shockers at 5 p.m. before OU/Miami close out the event with a 7 p.m. CT contest.
Miami 3, UT-Arlington 2
UT-Arlington (0-1) won the first two sets -21 and -22 before Miami (1-0) rallied back to take the final three, -13, -20, -9 in the opening match of the Nike Invitational. Four Hurricane players recorded double-digit kills with Christine Williamson’s 19 leading the way. Nrithya Sundararaman led the Canes with 63 assists and Ryan Shaffer had 23 digs. Tara Frantz recorded 16 kills for UTA and Raegan Daniel added 36 assists.