Volleyball Heads to Lubbock

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 21, 2010

Oct. 21, 2010

Oklahoma (15-6, 7-3 Big 12) at Texas Tech (3-16, 1-9 Big 12)
 Date  Saturday, October 23, 2010 | 1 p.m. CT
 Location  United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, Texas
 Tickets  Available: $5 adults | $3 youth
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NORMAN, Okla. – Fresh off a five set win over Texas A&M Wednesday evening, the University of Oklahoma volleyball team is back in action Saturday afternoon at Texas Tech. First serve from United Spirit Arena is 1 p.m. CT.

The Sooners have won 10 straight against the Red Raiders and look to extend their current overall winning streak to three matches.

Suzy Boulavsky led the way with Wednesday evening with 20 kills, two shy of her career high set earlier this season. Boulavsky's .474 hitting percentage was her highest in a conference match this season. Her four block assists also aided OU defensively. Sallie McLaurin continued her stellar play, downing 10 kills and five total blocks, including one block solo. McLaurin added OU's only service ace.

- Oklahoma defeated Texas A&M in five sets Wednesday evening (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-10).
- OU hit .278 as a team, marking the second consecutive match of hitting .250 or better (.390 at Kansas).
- The Sooners rank in the top five in the Big 12 in kills (fifth, 13.55) and digs (fifth, 14.99).
- Oklahoma is 6-3 at home this season and 3-2 in Big 12 play at McCasland Field House. OU is 7-1 on the road and 4-1 on the road in league play.
- Oklahoma went 8-3 in non-conference play. Two of OU’s losses were to ranked Florida State (13) and Tennessee (17) teams.

- Freshman Sallie McLaurin was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for a second consecutive week on Oct. 19.
- McLaurin posted 27.5 points on the week and averaged 2.71kills and a league-best 1.71 blocks per set. She also hit .471.
- McLaurin ranks in the top 20 in the nation in blocks per set. She’s third in the Big 12 and 16th in the nation with 1.33 bps.
- After missing the Iowa State match due to personal reasons, junior Caitlin Higgins has rebounded to contribute all-around.
- Higgins averaged just 1.77 kills per set in non-conference action and has rebounded to average 2.22 per set in conference play.
- Junior Brianne Barker has had four double-doubles in the last five matches. Barker is averaging 11.16 assists per set in those matches.
- Barker averages 10.19 assists per set overall, a mark that is third-best in the league. That tally ranks in the nation’s top 75.
- Junior Suzy Boulavsky continues to lead the Sooners with 3.46 kills per set. She has posted double-digit kills in 18 matches this year.
- Sophomore libero María Fernanda has six matches with 20 or more digs this season.
- OU has gotten valuable minutes from freshmen walk-ons Eden Williams and Mindy Gowen. The two have combined for nine service aces.
- OU is strong at the middle blocker position. In addition to McLaurin, senior Sarah Freudenrich is also starting at the position.
- Freudenrich leads the team with a .353 hitting percentage, connecting on 154 of her 320 attempts (41 errors).

- The Red Raiders are 3-16 on the year and 1-9 in conference play (win was against Kansas).
- Amanda Dowdy leads the team with 3.98 kills per set and Jackie Vincent averages 3.23 digs per set.
- Tech’s opponents are hitting .287 against the Red Raiders this year, averaging 14.59 kills per set.

- Texas Tech leads the series with Oklahoma, 34-23 but OU has won the last 10 meetings. OU’s last loss in Lubbock was Sept. 21, 2005 (3-0).
- OU is 11-2 against the Red Raiders under Santiago Restrepo. OU is 4-2 in Lubbock during that same span.
- The two teams met in Norman earlier this season (Sept. 22). OU won 3-1 behind Boulavsky’s 14 kills.

- Oklahoma is off this Wednesday. The Sooners return home on Saturday, Oct. 30 to take on Baylor at 2 p.m. CT.



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