Dec. 14, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma senior Brianne Barker was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America third team the organization announced today. Senior Suzy Boulavsky and sophomore Sallie McLaurin were named to the All-America honorable mention team.
“We’re honored to have three All-Americans,” said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. “The honors are well deserved, and we’re extremely happy our program has been rewarded for its success. Brianne is a talented setter, a tremendous athlete and great leader for our program. Suzy has been our most consistent hitter, and it’s a great honor to finish her career with. We’re very proud of Sallie earning this honor as a sophomore. She’s been steady for us and continues to progress.”
Barker was named third team All-American and first team All-Region for the second consecutive year. She commanded OU to a .246 hitting percentage this year and averaged 10.43 assists per set. She was second on the team with 3.07 digs per set. She earned first team All-Big 12 honors and was a 2010 AVCA third team All-American. OU’s .246 hitting percentage was the second highest by a Sooner team under Restrepo, ranking just behind a .262 clip in 2006.
Boulavsky recently earned her first All-Region honor. She led the Sooners with 3.26 kills per set, hitting .291 on the year. Boulavsky averaged 0.77 blocks per set with 96 total. She also earned first team All-Big 12 honors.
McLaurin was an honorable mention All-Region selection and led the Big 12 in blocks on the year, averaging 1.35 per set. She dropped 25 block solos and 137 block assists during the regular season. McLaurin was All-Big 12 honorable mention and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.