NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma volleyball team lost in three games (30-17, 30-17, 30-22) to No. 7 Nebraska on Saturday afternoon at the Howard McCasland Field House. OU drops to 9-8 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12, while the Huskers improve to 14-1 and 6-0 in conference.
"Nebraska is great team and we didn't get into our gameplan," said OU head coach Kalani Mahi. "There were times when we played very well and showed some good things. Our newcomers and youngsters continue to learn and improve against the best in the Big 12, which is an encouraging sign."
Freshman Joanna Schmitt collected nine kills but hit in negative numbers (-.071) for just the second time in her young career. Schmitt also tallied four digs and one block assists on the afternoon. Senior Christina Maynes and junior-transfer Keri Coats turned in seven kills apiece, with Maynes collecting a team-high seven digs as well. Senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva also recorded seven digs.
The Huskers controlled play at the net with a .361 hitting percentage and eight blocks, as opposed to OU's .046 percentage and two blocks.
Freshman Rachel Jackson ran the Sooners offense and turned in 24 assists, one match after setting an OU rally scoring record with 56 against Baylor. Fellow rookie Laura Tomes had six kills on 15 attempts and hit. 200. Tomes also turned in two block assists.
Nebraska was led by Jennifer Saleaumua who had a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. Ally Rebholz turned in 10 kills and two blocks for the Huskers.
Today's match was the first of a three-match home stand. The Sooners face Iowa State on Wednesday and Kansas on Saturday. First serve for both matches is set for 7 p.m., at the Howard McCasland Field House. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.