Sooners Bounce Back to Down Boise State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 17, 2011

Sept. 17, 2011


  1 2 3 4 5 F
 Boise St. 25 19 25 16 4 2
22 25 17 25 15 3
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 Team Statistics
Boise St.
 Kills 70 56
 Assists 64 56
 Digs 56 56
 Blocks 13.0 9.0
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Boise St.
 Kills  Boulavsky (21)  Jones (12)
 Hitting% McLaurin (.586) Rose (.400)
 Assists Barker (58) Nesselhuf (25)
 Digs Fernanda (19) Two (13)
 Blocks McLaurin (9)  Nwagbuo (6)
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NORMAN, Okla. -- The 22nd-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team dropped the opening set to Boise State but rebounded to win in five sets Saturday night (22-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-16, 15-4).  OU (13-3) won the even number sets and the Broncos took the first and third but OU dominated in the fifth to get the win.

"We made a couple of adjustments here and there," said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. "They did a good job. We just stuck it to them on the fourth and fifth set. It's sometimes good to come from behind and see what kind of fight your team has."

Sophomore Sallie McLaurin led the Sooners with a season-high 19 kills, a career-high three service aces and a season-high nine total blocks. She hit a team-best .562. McLaurin was named the tournament's most valuable player after leading Oklahoma with 4.00 kills per set and 1.62 blocks per set during the event.

Senior Brianne Barker tied her career high with 58 assists and added 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.  

Senior Suzy Boulavsky had a season-high 21 kills, five block assists and hit .462. Junior Maria Fernanda had 19 digs.  Both were named to the all-tournament team for their performance during the event.

Fiona Jones registered 12 kills for Boise State and Breann Nesselhuf had had 24 assists. Nesselhuf and Amanda Remy each had 13 digs. Darlene Nwagbuo contributed six block assists. Boise State hit a .240 clip.

The Sooners struggled in the first set, falling behind 6-5 and never came back as the Broncos led by as much as six. Oklahoma cut the lead to two at 18-20 but unable to get any closer as BSU won the set 25-22.

OU jumped out a 5-2 lead early in the second set and held off the Broncos midway through before going up 17-13 and forcing a BSU timeout. Out of the break, Boise State cut the lead to 19-17 but the Sooners went on a 6-2 run to win the set 25-19.

Boise State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third and never looked back, taking the set 25-17. In the fourth, OU responded with a 3-0 rally to go up 12-9 before jumping out to a seven-point advantage at 20-13. The Sooners went on to win the set 25-16 and force a fifth set.

The Sooners dominated in the deciding set. OU led 5-0 and kept the Broncos in check the entire match, keeping BSU to a .000 hitting percentage in the set. OU hit .727 and dropped eight kills to come out on top 15-4 to take the match.
The Sooners begin conference play on the road Wednesday at Baylor. First serve from the Farrell Center in Waco is set for 7 p.m. CT. GameTracker is available at



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