Nov. 19, 2010
|Kansas State (10-18, 4-13 Big 12) at Oklahoma (19-9, 11-6 Big 12)|
|Date||Saturday, November 20, 2010 | 3 p.m. CT|
|Location||McCasland Field House | Norman, Okla.|
|Tickets||Available: $8 adults | $5 youth|
|Promotions||Kids' Day | Free youth clinic | 250 yo-yos|
|Online||Live Stats | Match Notes | Twitter|
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team takes on Kansas State Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT at McCasland Field House. Tickets remain and can be purchased at the Field House ticket office one hour prior to first serve. Saturday’s contest marks the second to last home match for the Sooners this season.
The team welcomes all youth for kids’ day at the Field House. A clinic will be held following the match, beginning at approximately 5 p.m. CT. The first 250 kids through the doors receive a Sooner volleyball yo-yo.
The Sooners are looking to end the regular season on a high note. Winners of six of its last 10, Oklahoma has three remaining contests to secure an NCAA Tournament berth. OU fell at No. 5 Nebraska Wednesday evening but upset then-No. 14 Iowa State in Norman last Saturday.
Kansas State is 10-18 on the year, 4-13 in league play. The Wildcats have lost three straight and are 2-8 on the road this year.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA AS A TEAM
- Oklahoma fell in straight sets at No. 5 Nebraska Wednesday evening (-22, -23, -14).
- Oklahoma got its biggest win of the season, downing No. 14 Iowa State in four sets on Nov. 13 (24-26, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23).
- The Sooners held the Cyclones to a .162 hitting percentage, well-below their season averages of .268 (overall) and .252 (conference only).
- It was OU’s first win over a ranked opponent this season and the Sooners’ first since sweeping No. 21 Texas A&M in College Station in 2009.
- OU is seeking its 20th win of the season. In the Big 12 era, the Sooners have totaled 20-plus wins three times (22, 2007; 28, 2006; 20, 1997).
- Oklahoma has had 11 or more Big 12 wins just four times previously (11, 2009; 13, 2007; 17, 2006; 13, 1997).
- Oklahoma is 9-3 at home this season and 6-2 in Big 12 play at McCasland Field House. OU is 8-4 on the road and 5-4 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.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA INDIVIDUALLY
- Freshman Sallie McLaurin has earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors three times this season - November 1, October 12 and 19.
- McLaurin ranks in the top 25 in the nation in blocks per set. She’s third in the Big 12 and 24th in the nation with 1.25 bps.
- McLaurin’s average is the third-best by a freshman in the NCAA this year.
- McLaurin holds the Oklahoma 25-point rally scoring single season record for BS (27) and BA (97) and second in blocks per set average (1.25).
- McLaurin has 73 blocks in Big 12 play (19 BS/54 BA), a freshman mark last reached by Baylor’s Torri Campbell in 2009 (6 BS/66 BA/72 TB).
- The last freshman to have more total blocks in conference play was Kansas’ Josiane Lima in 2002 (15 BS/59 BA/74 TB).
- In the rally scoring era, the only Sooner to have more block solos than her 19 in conference matches is All-American Eliane Santos (32; 2006).
- McLaurin’s 124 TB are also an OU 25-point rally scoring single season record. It’s the most since Laura Tomes (140) and Santos (180) in 2006.
- Junior Brianne Barker is the sixth Sooner setter to record 3,000-plus career assists. Barker has 3,147 assists.
- Barker averages 10.20 assists per set overall, a mark that is third-best in the league and 80th in the nation.
- Junior Suzy Boulavsky continues to lead the Sooners with 3.53 kills per set. She has posted double-digit kills in 25 matches this year.
- Boulavsky’s 374 kills this season are an Oklahoma 25-point rally scoring single season record. The previous was set by Boulavsky in 2009 (320).
- Sophomore libero María Fernanda has seven matches with 23 or more digs this season.
- OU has gotten valuable minutes from freshmen walk-ons Eden Williams and Mindy Gowen. The two have combined for 22 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 .323 hitting percentage. She’s 100th in the nation in the category.
- Boulavsky and Caitlin Higgins were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
- Boulavsky earned first team honors while Higgins was named to the third team.
A LOOK AT KANSAS STATE
- Kansas State is 10-18 overall, 4-13 in league play. The Wildcats have dropped three straight since defeating Texas Tech on Nov. 3.
- KSU is 2-8 on the road this year with wins at Texas Tech (Sept. 18) and at Texas A&M (Oct. 2).
A LOOK AT THE SERIES HISTORY
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series 46-25-1 and holds a 20-11 advantage in matches played in Norman.
- The Sooners are 7-6 against the Wildcats under head coach Santiago Restrepo (3-3 in Norman).
- Oklahoma’s last loss to K-State was Nov. 5, 208 (3-1 in Manhattan). OU’s last loss in Norman was Nov. 11, 2008 (3-2).
- OU swept the Wildcats in Manhattan on Oct. 6 (-22, -23, -21). Three Sooners had double-digit kills, led by Higgins’ 12.
- Higgins added 15 digs for a double-double. Barker also had a double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs.
- McLaurin had five total blocks and the Sooners hit .282 as a team and out-blocked the Wildcats, 7-6.