Nov. 19, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to Texas A&M Saturday night (26-24, 16-25, 22-25, 17-25). The Sooners (20-10, 7-7 Big 12) hit just .154 and had 52.5 points, while the Aggies (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) hit .300 and put up 83 points on OU.
Freshman Grace Whitley led the Sooners in kills, registering eight in just two sets played. Whitley hit .615, connecting on eight of her 13 attack attempts. She added a block solo and two block assists for a team-best 10 points. Tara Dunn had seven kill, and a trio of Sooners - Suzy Boulavsky, Sallie McLaurin and Keila Rodriguez had six kills each.
Maria Fernanda led all players with 21 digs and Boulavsky added a season-high and match-best six total blocks, including her third block solo of the year. McLaurin added four block assists as the Sooners out-blocked the Aggies 8.5-6.0.
Alisia Kastmo was one of five A&M players to have double-digit kills. Kastmo's 17 were a match-high. Kastmo along with Tori Mellinger (13), Kelsey Black (12), Lindsey Miller (12) and Allie Sawatzky (10) had all but nine of the Aggies' 73 kills. Elise Hendrickson had the other nine and hit a team-best .467. Sawatzky also had 51 assists and 12 digs for her second triple-double this year.
Megan Pendergast had 19 digs as one of four Aggie players in double figures. Miller added five block assists for A&M.
The Sooners rallied after trailing for much of the first set. Texas A&M led 17-15 before a kill from Rodriguez knotted the set at 17-all. After trading rallies, OU pulled ahead 20-19 only to fall behind 22-20. A&M held set point at 24-22 and OU scored three straight to tie the set before taking a 25-24 lead. A triple block from McLaurin, Dunn and Boulavsky gave OU a 26-24 win.
Texas A&M responded by jumping out to a 9-4 lead in the second and never trailed. The nine-point margin at the end of the set was the largest of the set as the match was tied 1-1 at the intermission. The Aggies went on a 6-0 run to start the third and went on to win 25-22. OU cut the lead to one several times but was unable to force a tie or a lead change in the set.
Texas A&M continued its momentum in the fourth. The Aggies led 7-2 and led by as much as 11 before winning 25-17 to sweep OU for the first time since the 2008 season.
The Sooners close out the 2011 regular season next week with a pair of matches. OU hosts its final home match of the year Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. CT against Texas Tech. The Sooners travel to ninth-ranked Texas next Saturday.