Nov. 24, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Missouri Tigers in five sets Wednesday evening (24-26, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-9). The Sooners (21-9, 13-6 Big 12) got career performances from four players and broke several school records en route to their biggest come-from-behind victory of the season. The last time Oklahoma came back from 2-0 down to win a match was on Sept. 26, 2007 against Colorado (3-2).
Oklahoma had three players posting double-digit kills. Suzy Boulavsky led the way, tying her career-best with 22 kills. Boulavsky also hit .327, committing just four attack errors in her 55 attempts. Sallie McLaurin registered the second double-double of her career with a career-high 20 kills and 10 total blocks. McLaurin hit a team-best .400 with just two attack errors in 45 attempts. Morgan Reynolds added 12 kills, hitting .321.
Four Sooners posted double-digit digs, led by Maria Fernanda’s career high and rally scoring record 35. Fernanda is the first Oklahoma player to total 30-plus digs in a match since Hannah Sharp dropped 31 against Florida A&M on Sept. Nov. 29, 2007.
Caitlin Higgins eclipsed the 20-plus digs mark for a second time this season with 21 against the Tigers. Brianne Barker recorded her 18th double-double of the year with a career-high 58 assists and 18 digs. Barker also added a career-best six block assists. Eden Williams contributed 11 digs.
The Sooners hit .255 as a team, connecting for 71 kills, tying a season-best set twice previously. The mark is also a 25-point rally scoring record. Oklahoma broke another 25-point rally scoring mark with 102 digs. It’s the most in a five set match, besting the previous high of 99 against Baylor on Nov. 2, 2008. OU out-blocked the Tigers, 13.0-4.0 with McLaurin and Barker leading the way.
Paola Ampudia led the Tigers with 26 kills. Molly Kreklow had 62 assists and 11 digs. Caitlyn Vann added 38 digs for the Tigers (20-10, 12-8 Big 12).
Oklahoma closes out the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. CT contest against Kansas. The Sooners honor the 2010 senior class of Sarah Freudenrich, Francie Ekwerekwu and Chrissy Disarro following the match.