Oct. 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 22nd-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team dropped a five set decision at Texas A&M Wednesday evening (25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 27-29. 11-15). The Sooners (17-5, 4-2 Big 12) led 2-0 at the intermission but were unable to hang out as the Aggies (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) remained perfect at home this year.
The Sooners tied a season-high with 15 blocks in the match but after recording 12 blocks in the first two sets, Texas A&M made the necessary adjustments to hold OU to just three blocks after the intermission. Blocks were the only area on the stat sheet not controlled by the Aggies as A&M recorded more kills (71-59), digs (80-76) and aces (7-2) than OU did.
Suzy Boulavsky led the way with 16 kills. She added three block assists, including a block solo. Sallie McLaurin was one block shy of a double-double with 13 kills and nine block assists. Brianne Barker added another double-double to her record with 49 assists and 17 digs. Carlee Roethlisberger had a season-best nine kills and had five total blocks.
Maria Fernanda led the back row defense with 20 digs. Eden Williams added 12. Keila Rodriguez made her fifth start of the year and played all the way around. Rodriguez had eight kills and a career-high 14 digs. She also added four block assists, also a career best.
Oklahoma committed 24 attack errors, eight of those coming off A&M blocks. In the fifth set alone, the Sooners had six attack errors and hit just .080 as the Aggies had just two errors and hit .300. Oklahoma jumped out to the 2-0 match lead and had just five errors in those two sets.
Lindsey Miller had a career-high 23 kills for the Aggies. Miller hit .455, committing just four attack errors in 44 attempts. Miller added seven total blocks, including two block solos. Alisia Kastmo added 18 kills, while Kelsey Black had 10 for A&M. Five Aggie players recorded double-digit kills.
Oklahoma returns home Saturday to face Kansas in a 5 p.m. CT contest at McCasland Field House.