Oct. 20, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team closed out the first half of conference play Wednesday evening with a five set win over Texas A&M (25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-10). The Sooners (15-6, 7-3 Big 12) hit .278 and had four players with double-digit kills to down the Aggies (9-11, 3-7 Big 12).
Suzy Boulavsky led the way 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. Morgan Reynolds was one kill shy of her career high adding 13 kills. Sarah Freudenrich added 11 kills and two total blocks, including one block solo. Freudenrich hit .375, her highest clip in the last seven matches.
Brianne Barker recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 49 assists and 13 digs. Barker was one of four Sooners with double-digit digs. Barker and Eden Williams each had 13 digs to lead the Sooners. Caitlin Higgins was one kill shy of a double-double with nine kills and 12 digs. Maria Fernanda also added 12 digs.
Barker's high school teammate, Kelsey Black, paced the Aggies with 19 kills. Black added a team-high 17 digs. Allie Sawatzky and Lindsey Miller each had 12 kills with Sawatzky also dishing out 46 assists. Stephanie Minnerly had a match-high six total blocks.
The Sooners hit .250 in the first set with Barker, Boulavsky and Freudenrich each recording four kills. OU out-blocked the Aggies 4.0-1.0 in the period and held A&M to a .184 hitting clip. The teams combined for four lead changes and 11 ties with the last all-even at 20-all. A kill from Freudenrich gave OU a 21-20 lead as the Sooners went on to win 25-22. The Aggies rebounded in the second set, turning the tables to hit .242 and hold Oklahoma to a .118 hitting percentage. Boulavsky, Reynolds and Freudenrich each had three kills. The last tie of the set was at 3-3 as the Aggies took a 5-3 lead and never relinquished it to win 25-20.
OU led 2-0 to start the third and never trailed or let the Aggies tie the set as the Sooners won 25-20. Oklahoma hit .394 with Boulavsky's six kills and .750 clip leading the way. The fourth set was a marathon with 11 ties and four lead changes. The Sooners trailed 10-7 and rallied back to tie the set. After trading numerous rallies, A&M reached set point at 24-23 only to see OU come back to tie it before the Aggies got the final two points to win 26-24. Boulavsky added another six kills in the frame for OU as the Sooners hit .262.
OU jumped out to 3-0 lead in the fifth and led 8-3 at the switch. After letting the Aggies get to within two at 12-10, the Sooners put the brakes on, dropping the next three points to win the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.
Oklahoma opens the second half of conference play this weekend at Texas Tech. First serve from Lubbock is set for 1 p.m. CT.