Nov. 10, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team made quick work of Colorado Wednesday evening, downing the Buffaloes in straight sets (-8, -16, -17). The Sooners (18-8, 10-5 Big 12) needed just one hour, nine minutes to drop CU (6-16, 3-13 Big 12). It was the quickest match for Oklahoma since sweeping Nicholls State in 1:05 last season and shortest conference match since falling 3-0 at Iowa State in 1:07 in 2008.
Suzy Boulavsky led the way with a match-high 13 kills. Boulavsky hit a season-best .600, committing just one error in her 20 attempts. Sallie McLaurin added eight kills, hitting .429 and adding a five total blocks, including two block solos. McLaurin moved her season block total to 119, the most at Oklahoma since Anna Stadel’s 121 in 2008. Sarah Freudenrich had a match-best six total blocks.
Eden Williams paced Oklahoma defensively with nine digs. Four Sooners had eight digs including Brianne Barker, Caitlin Higgins, Maria Fernanda and Mindy Gowen. Barker added 29 assists and commanded the OU offense to a .337 hitting percentage. It was the Sooners’ second time to hit .300 or better in a match this season with the previous time coming as OU hit a school-record best .390 in a three-set win at Kansas on Oct. 16.
OU produced a 64 percent sideout percentage for the match with a set-best 75 percent during the first period. The Sooners hit .357 in the first set, .333 in the second and .320 in the third. Colorado had a 35 percent sideout percentage for the set.
Oklahoma kept its errors to a minimum, committing just 10. OU capitalized off six service aces and out-blocked the Buffs, 11.5-4.0. The Sooners held Colorado to eight points in the first set, the lowest total put up against OU during the first four sets in a conference match in the rally scoring era (2001-present)
Richi Bigelow led Colorado with eight kills. Megan Beckwith added 10 digs, and Alyssa Valentine dished out 15 assists. Anicia Santos led the Buffaloes with three total blocks, including CU’s only block solo.
The Sooners return to action Saturday, facing No. 14 Iowa State at 11 a.m. CT in McCasland Field House. Admission to the match is free on fan appreciation day.