Volleyball Returns to Action at K-State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 08, 2011
  No. 25 Oklahoma (19-6, 6-3) at Kansas State (17-8, 6-5)
 Date  Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Manhattan, Kan. | Ahearn Fieldhouse
 Television  Fox Sports Kansas City
 Online  Stats GameTracker | Twitter
 Information    Match NotesMedia Guide

NORMAN, Okla. - The 25th-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team faces Kansas State in a regionally televised contest Wednesday evening on FSKC. First serve from Ahearn Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. CT. GameTracker is available at SoonerSports.com.

Oklahoma is seeking its 15th 20-win season and fourth under Santiago Restrepo (2010, 2007, 2006) ... OU has the lowest blocks per set allowed in the Big 12 this year (1.72) and service aces allowed (0.85) ... Oklahoma is second in the league in blocks per set allowed (1.89) in conference matches only ... OU has hit .350 or better in 25 sets this year, including five sets in conference matches ... OU is 13-1 at home this year (929). OU's best home winning percentage in the last eight years was a.867 (13-2) in 2006.

 Player to Watch: María Fernanda

Oklahoma's career digs leader ... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26 ... Leads team with 5.01 digs per set ... Third in the league overall in the category ... Second in league matches only (5.23) ... Led team with a match-high 26 digs against then-No. 13 Iowa State ... Has double-digit digs in every match except one this year ... Has 11 matches of 20-plus this year ... Named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 first team ... Named to the all-tournament team at the 2010 Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational ... 2009 All-Big 12 Freshman team ... Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Oct. 5, 2009 ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 20, 2009 ... Named to the all-tournament teams at the 2009 Best Western Shocker Classic and 2009 Mizuno Invitational.

María Fernanda

Sallie McLaurin leads the league with 1.41 bps in all matches and 1.59 bps in conference matches ... McLaurin is third in the Big 12 with a .352 hitting percentage (overall) ... McLaurin needs just 11 block assists to surpass her single season record set last year ...Tara Dunn is second on the team with 3.10 kills per set and ranks 10th in the league in the category ... Dunn was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 7 ... María Fernanda(1,510) became the Oklahoma career digs leader on Oct. 15 (Melissa Peterson, 1,436 from 1994-97) ... She needs 80 to break her single season record set a year ago ... Fernanda is third in the league with 5.01 digs per overall and second with 5.23 per set in Big 12 matches only ... Suzy Boulavsky leads OU with 3.28 kps and is second on the team with 69 block assists, ninth most in a season at OU ... Brianne Barker continues to climb OU's career assists list. She needs 48 to move past Karen Meyers (4,414) into third ... Barker is one of six players in OU history to rank in the top five of two or more career categories ... The others include Gretchen Anderson, Patrice Arrington, Gloria Holcomb, Joanna Schmitt and Peterson ... OU has four players ranked in the top 100 in the nation in their respective categories.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Kansas State 49-24-1 and holds an 18-12 advantage in Manhattan ... OU has swept the season meetings the last two years. The two last split the annual series in 1990 ... Kansas State has won six of the last 10 in Manhattan. Oklahoma has won eight of the last 10 in the series ... The Sooners are 9-6 against the Wildcats under Restrepo.



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