Sooners Host Shockers in First Round

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 02, 2010

Dec. 2, 2010

2010 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship First & Second Rounds

 Friday, December 3, 2010
 Tulsa vs. No. 13 seed LSU | 5 p.m. CT
 Wichita State at Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. CT

 Saturday, December 4, 2010
 Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner | 2 p.m. CT

 Location  McCasland Field House | Norman, Okla.
 Tickets  All-Session Tickets Available
 Online  Live Stats | Tournament Central | Match NotesTwitter

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team returns to the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship for a second consecutive season. The Sooners (21-10) were selected to host first and second round action, beginning Friday in Norman. Tulsa and No. 13 seed LSU open action at 5 p.m. followed by OU and Wichita State at 7:30 p.m. CT. Friday's winners advance to the sub-regional championship Saturday at 2 p.m. CT with a trip to the Sweet 16 in University Park, Pa. A live webcast and live statistics of all matches will be available free of charge at
- Oklahoma finished the regular season with a 21-10 mark, it's fourth 20-plus win season in the Big 12 era (1996-present).
- The Sooners finished conference play with a 13-7 mark, its most since winning 13 in 2007 and 1997. The most is 17 in 2006.
- Oklahoma went 8-3 in non-conference play. Two of OU's losses were to ranked Florida State (13) and Tennessee (17) teams.
- The Sooners have produced their best offensive output since 2006 this season. OU is hitting .226 as a team and averages 13.53 kills per set.
- The 2006 team that reached the Sweet 16 and had two All-Americans hit .262 and averaged 16.28 kills per set.
- Likewise, OU is having its best season in the front row since 2006. The Sooners are averaging 2.25 blocks per set, the most since 3.13 in 2006.
- Oklahoma is 3-7 against the RPI top 50 this year. Seven of OU's 10 losses have come to teams ranked in the top 25.

Sallie McLaurin was named the 2010 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and to the All-Freshman team. McLaurin led OU with a 1.24 per set average.
- Her .319 hitting percentage is also a team-best and ranks seventh among all players in the Big 12.
- McLaurin earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors three times this season - November 1, October 12 and 19.
- She ranks in the top 35 in the nation in blocks per set. She's fourth in the Big 12 and 34th in the nation with 1.24 bps.
- McLaurin holds the Oklahoma 25-point rally scoring single season record for BS (28) and BA (110) and second in blocks per set average (1.24). 
- McLaurin's 138 TB are also an OU 25-point rally scoring single season record. It's the most since Laura Tomes (140) and Elaine Santos (180) in 2006.
- Juniors Brianne Barker and Suzy Boulavsky were named to the All-Big 12 first team.
- Barker and Boulavsky are the third and fourth players to earn the honor. Santos (2006) and Patrice Arrington (1997) were the other two.
- Barker is the sixth Sooner setter to record 3,000-plus career assists. Barker has 3,289 assists.
- Barker averages 10.36 assists per set overall, a mark that is 73rd in the nation.
- Boulavsky continues to lead the Sooners with 3.55 kills per set. She has posted double-digit kills in 28 matches this year.
- Boulavsky's 419 kills this season are an Oklahoma 25-point rally scoring single season record. The previous was set by Boulavsky in 2009 (320).
- Sophomore libero María Fernanda has eight matches with 23 or more digs this season.
- OU has gotten valuable minutes from freshmen walk-ons Eden Williams and Mindy Gowen. The two have combined for 19 service aces.
- Senior Sarah Freudenrich is second on the team with a.309 hitting percentage and 0.89 blocks per set average.
- Boulavsky and Caitlin Higgins were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
- Boulavsky earned first team honors while Higgins was named to the third team. Boulavsky earned Academic All-America third team honors.
- Oklahoma led the league with seven players named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.

- The Sooners are making their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and fourth in the last five years.
- OU has been to four NCAA Championships under head coach Santiago Restrepo and has a 3-3 mark in those matches.
- Oklahoma is 6-6 all-time in NCAA Championship matches. OU has made two Sweet 16 appearances (2006, 1988).
- The University of Oklahoma is hosting its first NCAA Volleyball event.
- The Sooners are 5-8 against the NCAA Championship field of 64 with wins over Missouri (twice), Iowa State, Missouri State and Miami.

- LSU is ranked No. 15 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. The Tigers earned the No. 13 national seed.
- The Tigers are making a school-record sixth straight NCAA Championship appearance and their 12th overall.
- LSU reached the Final Four during the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
- The Tigers finished first in the Southeastern Conference western division.
- LSU leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 8-3. The two schools previously met in 1999. OU has not defeated the Tigers since 1979.
- Oklahoma leads the series 2-1 in Norman. The Tigers hold a 3-0 advantage in Baton Rouge and 4-1 at neutral sites.

- Tulsa is ranked No. 22 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Tulsa is making its second appearance ever in the NCAA Championship. Its first came in 2007.
- It its previous appearance, the Golden Hurricane fell in straight sets at Kansas State.
- The Golden Hurricane received Conference USA's automatic bid after winning the conference tournament.
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Tulsa 32-1. TU won the last meeting between the two schools (3-1, 9/14/02 in Tulsa).
- The Sooners are 15-0 against the Golden Hurricane in Norman and 13-1 in Tulsa. OU leads 4-0 at neutral sites.

- Wichita State is making its fifth trip to the NCAA Championship, its fourth straight appearance.
- The Shockers are 4-4 all-time in the tournament. WSU has never advanced past the second round.
- The Shockers finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference behind No. 5 national seed Northern Iowa.



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