NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma volleyball team lost to No. 11 Nebraska in three games (17-30, 18-30, 19-30) Saturday night at the Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln. OU falls to 10-14 on the season and 2-10 in conference, while the Huskers improve to 19-3 and 11-2 in the Big 12.
OU was led offensively by Sheena Werling and Joanna Schmitt. Werling narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and nine digs. Freshman Joanna Schmitt reached double-digits in kills with 10.
The defensive effort was led by Christina Maynes who had 14 digs on top of seven kills. Senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva reached double-digits in digs for the second consecutive match with a 16 dig performance.
OU was led by Schmitt and Werling in the first game. The duo turned in five kills apiece and had just three attack errors between them. Senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva had five first session digs, which was offset by two service reception errors.
Werling continued to lead the Sooners in the second frame as she turned in four early kills. Despite the sophomore’s efforts, the Sooners fell behind 21-15. OU had trouble getting into an offensive flow in the first two games because of the dominant serving of Husker outside hitter Jennifer Saleaumua, who had four aces through the first two games. The Huskers had seven kills after the first two games. Despite three late put-aways from Schmitt, OU could not mount a comeback in the second game and lost 30-18.
Despite the defensive efforts of Maynes and Villanueva, who both reached double-digits in digs early in the third game, OU couldn’t gain any ground on the Huskers. Nebraska controlled the final game and won 30-19.
OU only mustered two blocks on the match, while the Huskers, who lead the Big 12 in blocks per game, recorded 13 team blocks. The Huskers also collected nine aces to the Sooners three.
OU returns home on Wednesday when they face Texas Tech at the McCasland Field House. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.