Sept. 15, 2010
BOULDER, Colo. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team opened Big 12 play Wednesday evening with a sweep at Colorado. The Sooners (9-3, 1-0 Big 12) won -15, -23, -21 and hit .212 as team to down the Buffaloes (3-4, 0-1 Big 12).
Junior Suzy Boulavsky led the Sooners with 11 kills, hitting .333 as one of six players to hit over .300. Junior Brianne Barker led OU with 27 assists, while Maria Fernanda added nine digs. Junior Sarah Freudenrich added a block solo and two block assists.
Freshman Sallie McLaurin added nine kills and hit .368 to go along with one block solo. Freudenrich connected on seven of her 12 attack attempts.
OU held the Buffs to a .102 hitting percentage during the match. Kerra Schroeder had 11 kills for CU.
In the first set, Colorado led 5-2 early before OU rallied back on a 7-1 run to gain a 9-6 advantage. The Buffs got as close as one point at 10-9 before OU rattled off four straight and went on to win the set 25-15.
Colorado took another early lead in the second set. The Sooners tied the set at 10-10 before back-and-forth play saw neither team take a sizeable lead. When OU went up at 22-10, the Sooners fended off CU down the stretch to win 25-22.
While Colorado started the third set like the first two, the outcome was the same. With CU leading early, the Sooners went ahead 15-14 following a 7-2 run. OU pushed the lead to 21-16 before the Buffs mounted a comeback, cutting the advantage to two at 22-20. Oklahoma allowed just one point following that to take the set, 25-21.
Oklahoma has an open date this weekend before hosting Texas Tech next Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT. The Sooners will hold their annual Pledge for a Cure fundraiser for the Jimmy Everest Center.