Oct. 29, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 21st-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team dropped its third Big 12 Conference match this season as the Sooners fell in straight sets to Missouri (-21, -23, -23). Oklahoma (19-6, 6-3 Big 12) committed eight service errors despite out-blocking and out-hitting the Tigers (18-9, 4-6 Big 12).
Suzy Boulavsky led OU with 16 kills and a .452 hitting percentage. Brianne Barker added her 18th double-double of the year with 34 assists and 11 digs. Maria Fernanda added a match-high 16 digs. Tara Dunn and Sallie McLaurin each added seven kills, and McLaurin led OU with five block assists.
The loss was Oklahoma's third on the road in conference play this year and first in Columbia since the Tigers swept OU on Nov. 11, 2009.
OU hit .267 for the match, committing just 12 attack errors in 116 attempts. Despite hitting a lower clip at .242, Missouri managed to drop 51 of its 132 attempts down for kills. Lisa Henning led the Tigers with 18 kills, and Emily Wilson added 17. Molly Kreklow also had a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs. Priscilla Armendariz had 15 digs.
After trading early rallies, Missouri went up 5-4 in the first set on a kill from Brittney Brimmage and held on to win the frame, 25-21. After the Tigers led by as much as five, OU pulled to within one at 20-19 but was unable to overcome the deficit. Oklahoma hit .308 in the set with both its attack errors coming on Missouri blocks. The Tigers hit .341 with five attack errors and downed 20 kills to OU's 14.
Missouri jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the second set before Oklahoma rallied back to take a 6-5 advantage. The Sooners upped the advantage to 22-18 before the Tigers scored five straight to take a 23-22 lead. An OU block from Boulavsky and McLaurin tied the set at 23-all but a block from Whitney Little and Kreklow and a kill from Little gave the Tigers a 25-23 win in the set and a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
The Sooners led 9-6 in the third but Missouri bounced back to tie set at 10-all on a Katie O'Brien service ace. The two teams traded rallies until Missouri reached match point on a service error at 24-23 and a solo block from Brimmage completed the sweep as the Tigers took the third set 25-23.
Oklahoma returns home Wednesday evening for a rematch against No. 14 Iowa State. First sere from McCasland Field House is set for 7 p.m. CT and the match airs nationally on ESPNU.