Sooners Open 2010 Season at Home

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 26, 2010

Aug. 26, 2010

Nike Invitational
 Dates  Friday-Saturday, Aug. 27-28, 2010
 Location  McCasland Field House | Norman, Okla.
 Tickets  Available: $8 adults | $5 youth
 Online  Live Stats | Webcast (OU matches only) | Match Notes | Twitter
 Promotions  Sooner Nation Weekend

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma volleyball team opens the 2010 season this weekend, hosting the Nike Invitational at McCasland Field House. Action begins Friday evening with UT-Arlington facing Miami (Fla.) at 5 p.m. CT, followed by Oklahoma and Wichita State at 7 p.m. CT.

Matches continue Saturday with Wichita State/Miami at 10 a.m. and OU and UT-Arlington at noon. UT-Arlington takes on Wichita State at 5 p.m. and the Sooners close the event against the Hurricanes at 7 p.m.

After a season that resulted in another trip to the NCAA Tournament, OU hopes to build off that success in 2010. Head coach Santiago Restrepo returns nine veterans and welcomes seven newcomers. With all but one position player returning, the Sooners are poised to impress this season.

Among the nine returning players, three earned individual honors in 2009. Junior Suzy Boulavsky was named honorable mention all-region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Junior Brianne Barker and senior Francie Ekwerekwu earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors.

On the Web
Fans can follow this weekends matches on the web with live stats. Online webcasts of all OU matches are available through Oklahoma All-Access.

Oklahoma/Wichita State Series History
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 20-7
Series Record in Norman: Oklahoma leads 11-1
Series Record in Wichita: Oklahoma leads 6-4
Series Record at Neutral Sites: Oklahoma leads 3-2
Last Meeting: WSU 3-0 in Wichita (9/5/09)
Oklahoma's Series Streak: Lost 4 ( last win - 3-1, 9/11/99 in Norman)

Oklahoma/UT-Arlington Series History
Series Record: UT-Arlington leads 26-14
Series Record in Norman: Oklahoma leads 8-6
Series Record in Arlington: UT-Arlington leads 12-5
Series Record at Neutral Sites: UT-Arlington leads 8-1
Last Meeting: OU 3-2 in Arlington (9/12/09)
Oklahoma's Series Streak: Won 2 ( last loss - 3-0, 9/8/01 in Laramie, Wyo.)

Oklahoma/Miami (Fla.) Series History
Series Record: Series tied 1-1
Series Record in Norman: Never Met
Series Record in Miami: Never Met
Series Record at Neutral Sites: Series tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Miami 2-1 in Orlando, Fla. (10/5/79)
Oklahoma's Series Streak: Lost 1 ( last win - 2-0, 9/20/79 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

Up Next
Oklahoma hosts Central Arkansas Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. CT before hitting the road for the Houston Tournament.

Season Openers
Oklahoma is 5-1 in season openers under head coach Santiago Restrepo. Since the Big 12's inception, OU is 8-6.

Ekwerekwu Named Lowe's Finalist
University of Oklahoma volleyball senior Francie Ekwerekwu (Arlington, Texas) has been named one of 30 finalists for the inaugural Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for the sport of volleyball. From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in mid-October.  Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.  The winner will be announced at the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December.

Duo Named Preseason All-Big 12
Senior Francie Ekwerekwu was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 preseason team and junior Brianne Barker was named to the team, as well. Both Barker and Ekwerekwu earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors last season.

Sooners Selected to Finish Fourth
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team received 65 points to place fourth in the preseason coaches' poll. Nebraska received nine first-place votes and 98 points to finish just ahead of Texas (91). The Longhorns received two first-place votes. Iowa State (84) was third, followed by OU and Missouri (63). Baylor (52), Texas A&M (48), Kansas (38), Kansas State (37), Texas Tech (15) and Colorado (14) rounded out the voting.



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