Oct. 16, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team hit a school-record best .390 against Kansas Saturday as the Sooners swept the Jayhawks (-22, -12, -20). The record is the highest hitting percentage posted by OU in a 25-point rally scoring match and breaks the previous record set at Rice on Aug. 28, 2009 (.347). The Sooners move to 14-6 on the year and 6-3 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks fall to 13-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12.
"It was an unbelievable night with everyone stepping up," said Oklahoma Head Coach Santiago Restrepo. "We clicked on all cylinders and never looked back against a very good Kansas team."
Suzy Boulavsky had a match-high 11 kills and hit .440. Boulavsky was one of three Sooners with at least 12 attack attempts to hit over .400. Sallie McLaurin added 10 kills and hit .714. Neither Boulavsky (25) nor McLaurin (14) committed an attack error on the evening. McLaurin added a match-best five total blocks, including two block solos.
Brianne Barker was one dig shy of her sixth straight double-double. Barker commanded the offense to the .390 hitting percentage and added six kills, hitting .417 on the night. She had a match-high 35 assists and added nine digs.
Morgan Reynolds posted a .308 hitting percentage. Reynolds' six kills added to the tally, as did Caitlin Higgins' seven kills. Higgins and Sarah Freudenrich each added three block assists. Maria Fernanda added 12 digs.
Karina Garlington and Allison Mayfield each had 10 kills for Kansas. Nicole Tate paced the Jayhawks with 27 assists, and Melissa Manda added 12 digs. Caroline Jarmoc had four block assists for KU.
Oklahoma took the opening set, capitalizing off six kills from McLaurin and five from Freudenrich. McLaurin connected on six of her seven total attempts without committing an error to post a .857 hitting percentage in the period. OU trailed 3-0 earlier and fought back to tie the set at 13-all. From there the Sooners gained a 14-13 advantage and held off the Jayhawks to take the frame, 25-22.
Oklahoma dominated the second set, forcing Kansas to call both timeouts before scoring five points. OU won the set 25-12. McLaurin added four kills in set and didn't commit an error. Out of the intermission, neither team was able to sustain a sizeable lead. OU pulled ahead at 21-20 and never trailed again, scoring four more points to take the set 25-20.
Oklahoma returns home Wednesday evening against Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CT.