Volleyball Upsets No. 8 Texas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

Sept. 28, 2011


(15-3, 2-0 Big 12)
  1 2 3 4 5 F
 Texas 16 20 25 26 9 2
25 25 17 24 15 3
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(8-4, 1-1 Big 12)
 Team Statistics
 Kills 56 68
 Assists 54 62
 Digs 67 72
 Blocks 13.5 9.5
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Texas
 Kills  Boulavsky (20)  Eckerman (20)
 Hitting% Boulavsky (.452) Allison (.571)
 Assists Barker (41) Allison (56)
 Digs Fernanda (21) Yogi (22)
 Blocks McLaurin (11)  Two (5)
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NORMAN, Okla. – The 25th-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team picked up its biggest home win since 2006 as the Sooners ousted No. 8 Texas in five sets (25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 24-26, 15-9) Wednesday night. The win was OU’s third ever in the series against the Longhorns. Wednesday's attendance of 2,074 was the second largest ever at McCasland Field House.

Senior Suzy Boulavsky led the Sooners with a match-high 20 kills. Boulavsky only had one attack error in 42 attempts. She added five block assists and had a .452 hitting percentage.

Senior Brianne Barker commanded the offense to a .248 hitting percentage against a Texas team that held opponents to an average .182 clip entering the match. She registered her 11th double-double of the season with 41 assists and 11 digs.

Freshman Tara Dunn recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Salle McLaurin contributed one block solo and 10 block assists. Junior Maria Fernanda had 21 digs and three service aces.

With this win, OU snapped Texas’s four-game win streak in the series. This was the Sooners first win against the Longhorns since 2008, which was a five-set win in Austin. OU’s only other win before that came in Norman in 2006.

Haley Eckerman led the Longhorns with 20 kills. Khat Bell had the team’s only double-double, with 11 kills and 12 digs.

After Texas tied the first set at 8-all, the Sooners went on a 10-1 run to go ahead 18-10. The Longhorns were unable to respond as OU took the opening set 25-16. The Sooners grabbed a quick lead in the second and led 17-12 before Texas run cut the lead to 18-16. OU responded with three straight points and closed out the frame 25-20 on a pair of kills by Barker.

Texas jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the third and went on to win 25-17. The two teams traded rallies in the fourth with 11 ties and five lead changes. After a UT attack error tied the set at 24-all, the Longhorns closed out the set with two kills to win 26-24 and force the deciding set.

Oklahoma dominated the fifth set, winning 15-9 to take the match in five. The Sooners produced a 100-percent sideout percentage and held the Longhorns to a .000 hitting percentage.  OU led 3-0 and went up 8-4 at the switch. From there, the Sooners recorded 3.5 of their 6.5 blocks in the set to win.

In addition to the match, the Sooners hosted the third annual Pledge For a Cure fundraiser. More than $2,500 was raised for the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. Fans wishing to still donate can find information online.

Oklahoma travels to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6:05 p.m. CT. GameTracker is available at SoonerSports.com.



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