Oct. 9, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – Down by as much as seven in the fourth set, the University of Oklahoma volleyball team rallied back to defeat Missouri, 3-1 (25-19, 27-29, 25-19, 32-30), Saturday evening. OU led 2-1 heading into the set and after trailing 17-10, fought back to tie the set at 23-all. The Sooners (13-5, 5-2 Big 12) and Tigers (11-7, 3-5 Big 12) traded rallies before OU won the set 32-30, the most points scored by the Sooners in a set in the rally scoring era.
"This is a very good team that gives headaches all the time," said Oklahoma Head Coach Santiago Restrepo. "They're tough to play because we're evenly matched. It was great to come back in the fourth set, especially since we were down 17-10 and came back to win it."
Sallie McLaurin had an impressive night, recording her first career double-double. McLaurin led OU with 16 kills and a .294 hitting percentage. She added four block solos and eight block assists for 12 total blocks, all three career highs. Her eight block assists are the most by an OU player in a four-set match in the rally scoring period. McLaurin also added career bests in digs (6) and service aces (2).
Caitlin Higgins and Brianne Barker each had their fourth consecutive double-doubles. Higgins had 14 kills, hitting .256 to go along with 10 digs. Barker recorded 50 assists, her fourth time to reach the half-century mark this season. Barker also had 13 digs.
Maria Fernanda recorded 23 digs for the second time in the last three matches and Eden Williams added 13 digs as the Sooners had 79 total digs to Missouri’s 74. Fernanda also had two of OU’s five service aces. Williams added the fifth.
Paola Ampudia led all attackers with 29 kills, hitting .286 for the Tigers. Julianna Klein added 11, and Molly Kreklow dished out 49 assists and was one of five MU players with double-digit digs. Brittany Brimmage added one block solo and seven block assists.
OU won the opening set 25-19 and controlled the set from the beginning. The set’s only tie was at 1-1 and the Sooners pushed ahead 2-1 and never looked back. Neither team was able to maintain a lead in the second set. A total of 18 ties, nine lead changes and an 18-rally point saw the Tigers come out on top 29-27 heading into the intermission.
The third set remained close throughout until OU went up 12-11 and went on to win 25-19. The Sooners trailed early in the fourth set and mounted a spectacular comeback, including two match points before coming up with the 32-30 win to take the match.
Oklahoma returns home Wednesday evening to face 11th-ranked Texas in a 6 p.m. CT contest at McCasland Field House. The match airs nationally on ESPNU with Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak on the call.