Aug. 28, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team closed out the Nike Invitational Saturday evening with a 3-1 victory over the Miami Hurricanes (2-1). Oklahoma (2-1) took the opening sets -21 and -23 before dropping the third -16. The Sooners rallied back in the fourth to win 25-19.
"It was a great team performance," said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. "In the second set, more than one person contributed on the big plays. I told them at the beginning of the season that it was going to take everyone and tonight you saw that."
Junior Suzy Boulavsky (Houston, Texas) led OU offensively, downing 14 kills and producing a .324 hitting percentage. Boulavsky added three block assists. Junior Caitlin Higgins (Amarillo, Texas) added seven kills and three blocks, including one block solo. Oklahoma aided from five service aces and out-blocked the Canes 13-11. Junior setter Brianne Barker (Amarillo, Texas) paced the offense, tallying 35 assists.
Senior Sarah Freudenrich (Broken Arrow, Okla.) set a career high with two service aces. Freshman Maria Fernanda (Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) also added two.
Oklahoma was down by as much as six in the first set and five in the second before rallying back to win the sets. OU jumped out to an early lead in the fourth set and fought to go up by five before holding off the Canes at the end to win the match. In all, the teams combined for 21 ties and 11 lead changes.
"I'm proud of how we came back today [winning against UT-Arlington and Miami] and how we've gotten into a rhythm," Boulavsky said. "We're ready to go."
Boulavsky and Barker were named to the all-tournament team. Oklahoma finished second in the tournament standings by virtue of a tiebreaker. The Sooners return home Wednesday to take on Central Arkansas in a 6 p.m. contest at McCasland Field House.
Wichita State 3, UT-Arlington 0
Camri Zwiesler netted 16 kills and tournament MVP Sarah Waldorf added 18 digs as Wichita State downed UT-Arlington in straight sets, -14, -22, -24 on Saturday afternoon. The Shockers won the Nike Invitational by virtue of a tiebreaker. Joining Waldorf and Zwiesler on the all-tournament team was Amanda Backes. Tara Frantz led the Mavericks with 11 kills and was also named to the all-tournament team.