Dec. 10, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team had its season come to an end Friday evening with a straight set loss at No. 8 Penn State (-23, -23, -15). The Sooners finish the year at 23-11, the best mark since winning 28 matches in 2006. Penn State (29-5) advances to play No. 12 seed Duke in Saturday’s regional final.
"I am extremely proud of our team for fighting and believing," said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. "They did a tremendous job today working on those first two sets. Hats off to Penn State. Obviously, they have a lot of weapons. I knew how they were going to be. They played incredibly throughout the whole match here in front of their home crowd. Unfortunately, we ran out of gas in the end."
Sallie McLaurin concluded her stellar rookie season with a team-best 11 kills and .417 hitting percentage. Brianne Barker had her 19th double-double of the year with 31 assists and 10 digs.
Oklahoma hit .217 as a team, the best hitting percentage by an opponent at Recreation Hall this season. Michigan previously hit .216 against the Nittany Lions on Oct. 2.
Maria Fernanda added 10 digs and Suzy Boulavsky had nine kills and had a career-high two block solos. Morgan Reynolds had seven kills, hitting .278 and Sarah Freudenrich closed out her career with one block solo and one block assist in addition to four kills.
The two teams combined for 30 ties and 14 lead changes in the match, including 14 ties and seven lead changes in the opening frame.
Blair Brown led Penn State with a match-high 24 kills and .583 hitting percentage. Kristin Carpenter dished out 45 assists and Alyssa D’Errico had a match-best 15 digs. Penn State .429 as a team and out-blocked OU 8.5-5.0.
Oklahoma advanced to its third Sweet 16 in program history. OU is 8-7 all-time in the NCAA Championship and 5-4 under Restrepo. Against non-conference opponents this year, Oklahoma went 10-4 with three of the losses to ranked teams in Tennessee (17), Florida State and Penn State (8). The Sooners graduate two seniors from the 2010 team – Freudenrich and middle blocker Chrissy Disarro.