Sept. 29, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team took the opening set from No. 3 Nebraska 25-18 Wednesday evening, but the Huskers (13-1, 5-0 Big 12) rebounded to silence the Sooners (10-5, 2-2 Big 12) by scores of -17, -17, -24 in the final three sets to win the match.
Brianne Barker and Caitlin Higgins each had double-doubles, but it wasn't enough as the Huskers managed to answer to hit. 276 for the match. Barker's 39 assists and 12 digs gave the Amarillo native her eighth double-double of the season. Higgins' 10 kills and 15 digs resulted in her second double-double of the year.
Higgins' 10 kills led the way while Sallie McLaurin added nine kills. Suzy Boulavsky and Morgan Reynolds tallied eight each. Barker matched her career high with seven kills, connecting on 14 attempts to hit .429.
Francie Ekwerekwu saw action in two sets, providing a spark with four kills, one block solo and one block assist. McLaurin and Boulavsky each had a block solo and two block assists. Maria Fernanda tied Higgins for the match high with 15 digs.
Lindsey Licht led Nebraska with 15 kills, hitting .361 on the evening. Tara Mueller added 10 kills and 10 digs for the Huskers. Sydney Anderson dished out 24 assists, while Lauren Cook added an additional 22. Kayla Banwarth had 15 digs as Cook had 13 to pace the Huskers. Brooke Delano recorded nine block assists and a block solo as Licht also added six block assists and two block solos.
The Sooners took the first-set lead at 6-5 and never trailed in the opening frame. Sarah Freudenrich had five kills in the set as the Sooners hit .244 and held Nebraska to a .114 percentage. Nebraska turned the tables in the second set. After OU led 4-2 early, the Huskers bounced back to take a 6-5 advantage and never relinquished the lead, winning the second set 25-17. NU hit .312 in the set and held the Sooners to a .057 attack percentage.
NU continued the momentum into the third set. OU led 5-4 but after the Huskers took a 6-5 lead Nebraska went on to win the set by an identical score of 25-17. Oklahoma responded in the fourth, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and holding a 14-10 advantage before Nebraska rallied back to tie the set at 16-all. After trading rallies, the two teams were tied at 21-21 before Nebraska served for its first match point at 24-23. The Sooners kept the set alive but NU eventually took the 26-24 victory to win the match.
Oklahoma returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. CT at Baylor.