Aug. 27, 2011

 

(3-0)
 
  1 2 3 4 5 F
 Missouri St. 22 30 18 21 x 1
 Oklahoma 25 28 25 25 x 3
 
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(2-1)
 
 
 
 Team Statistics
 Stat
Oklahoma
MSU
 Kills 60 56
 Assists 49 55
 Digs 54 74
 Blocks 13.0 7.0
 
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  MSU
 Kills  Boulavsky (18)  Rivatto (15)
 Hitting% McLaurin (.484) McCartney (.416)
 Assists Barker (41) Thomas (47)
 Digs Williams (13) Mason (25)
 Blocks Roethlisberger (8)  Several (3)
 
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The 16th-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team faced its toughest test of the weekend Saturday night, holding off Missouri State in four sets (25-22, 28-30, 25-18, 25-21) to win the Nike Invitational.

Oklahoma fended off the Bears in the first and third set, while Missouri State narrowly escaped with a 30-28 win in the second set to even the score at the break. OU jumped out to an early lead in the fourth only to see MSU fight to get back into the match. The Sooners finally broke away late to secure a 25-21 win in the set.

Senior Suzy Boulavsky (Houston, Texas) led the team with 18 kills, followed by sophomore Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) with 15. Sophomore Eden Williams (Amarillo, Texas) registered 13 digs to lead OU. Junior Maria Fernanda (Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) had 12 digs.

Senior Brianne Barker (Amarillo, Texas) tallied 41 assists on the night, marking her 39th career match with 40 or more assists and second time this weekend.

Senior Carlee Roethlisberger (Findlay, Ohio) led the Sooners with eight total blocks, including six block assists. McLaurin and Roethlisberger's two block solos each led all players as the Sooners out-blocked Missouri State 13.0-7.0.

As a team, the Sooners had eight service aces, highlighted by a career-high four from senior Caitlin Higgins (Amarillo, Texas). OU hit a .230 clip as a team, led by McLaurin who hit .484 and Boulavsky who hit .455.

For Missouri State, Christine McCartney had 16 kills and hit .406. Ashley Mason registered 25 digs. As a team, Missouri State hit .191.

McLaurin was named the tournament's most valuable player after hitting .418 through three matches and averaging 3.10 kills per set in those matches. Joining McLaurin on the team were Barker, Fernanda, McCartney, Calli Norman (Missouri State), Sidney Stewart (SMU) and Sheina Fernandes (Oral Roberts).

The Sooners return to McCasland Field House Monday, Aug.29 at 7 p.m. CT to face 15th-ranked Colorado State.