CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- The Oklahoma volleyball team notched its first win of the season as they swept Drake 30-24, 30-26, 30-17 Friday afternoon in the Chattanooga Invitational. Freshman Joanna Schmitt set an OU rally scoring three game record with 18 kills in the match.
"It's nice to get our first win," said OU head coach Kalani Mahi. "The big differnce from last weekend was in our passing. Our consistency improved a lot."
Schmitt, who has led OU offensively early in the season, also turned in a team-high nine digs. Schmitt, who was wild offensively in the Cougar Challenge last weekend, hit .316 with just six errors on the match. Junior-transfer Keri Coats hit .538 with seven kills and no attack errors on the match. Coats also contributed four block assists and one solo block.
"We need to get her the ball more," said Mahi.
As a team OU hit .282 (47K, 15E, 100TA) and tallied 38 digs. Leading the defensive effort with Schmitt was senior captain Yvette Villanueva who posted seven digs at libero. Senior-transfer Kelly McCarter recorded 37 assists (12.3 per game) for a new season-high.
Sophomore Sheena Werling tied an OU rally scoring three game record with five service aces. Werling tied the records of 2002 graduates Megan O'Connell and Jessica Barney. Schmitt's kill record broke the marks of senior Christina Maynes, who recorded 16 kills in a three-game match on two different occasions in 2002.
OU, 1-3, handed Drake, 4-1, its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs won the Pepsi/Super 8 Invitational hosted by Eastern Illinois last weekend and opened tournament play with a 3-1 win over Lipscomb.
Oklahoma faces host Tennessee-Chattanooga tonight at 5 p.m. (CDT). Saturday the Sooners face Lipscomb (9 a.m.) and Louisiana-Monroe (1 p.m.) in Chattanooga Invitational action.