Oct. 15, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The 22nd-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team rebounded from a 0-2 deficit to down Kansas in five sets Saturday (23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9). Junior libero Maria Fernanda became the Oklahoma career leader in digs with a match-high 21 to push her three-year total to 1,446 digs.
Senior setter Brianne Barker ended the match two kills shy of her second career triple-double. Barker paced the Sooners with 41 assists, 14 digs, a season-high eight kills and a match-best .429 hitting percentage. She added three block assists.
Sallie McLaurin led the front row defense with 10 block assists, an OU 25-point rally scoring record. McLaurin also added eight kills. Tara Dunn had a season-high eight total blocks, including one block solo. Dunn led the Sooners with 16 kills.
Suzy Boulavsky added 14 kills, hitting .306 with just three attack errors in 36 attempts. Boulavsky also added three block assists.
As a team, Oklahoma totaled 17 blocks, its most since posting 19 against Missouri last year. The Sooners' 28 block assists also set a 25-point rally scoring record.
Allison Mayfield led Kansas with a match-high 21 kills. Nicole Tate dished out 59 assists and added 14 digs. Brianne Riley led the Jayhawks with 17 digs, while Tayler Tolefree was the team leader with seven blocks.
Despite besting OU in every statistical category except blocks and hitting percentage, the Jayhawks (12-7, 0-6 Big 12) were unable to finish off the Sooners after taking the 2-0 lead at the intermission.
Oklahoma (18-5, 5-2 Big 12) returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. CT against Kansas State. Admission is free on fan appreciation day.