Sept. 22, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team moved to 2-0 in conference play on Wednesday evening with a 3-1 victory over Texas Tech. The Sooners (10-3 overall) hit .285 as a team against the Red Raiders (2-10, 0-3 Big 12). OU won the first two sets by identical scores, 25-18, before Tech took the third 27-25. The Sooners won the fourth set 25-17.
Oklahoma is 2-0 in conference play for the third time in the Big 12 era. Wednesday evening's announced attendance of 1,061 was the eighth largest for a volleyball match at McCasland Field House.
Suzy Boulavsky led OU with 14 kills, hitting .205 with three block assists. Morgan Reynolds added 12 kills, hitting .321 with four block assists. Brianne Barker was a dig shy of a double-double, recording 46 assists and nine digs. Barker hit .857, connecting on six of her seven total attempts.
Francie Ekwerekwu had a season-high six block assists and Maria Fernanda stayed on pace with 24 digs. Oklahoma recorded 63 total kills compared to Tech's 47 and had 72 digs next to the Red Raiders' 49.
Amanda Dowdy had 14 kills for Texas Tech, while Karlyn Meyers had 36 assists. Jackie Vincent led the Red Raiders defensively with 12 kills, while Justine Young had two block solos and six block assists. As a team, TTU hit .147.
Texas Tech ran out to a 6-2 lead to start the match before an 18-4 run by OU put the Sooners up 20-10. Despite a rally from TTU, the Sooners held on to win 25-18. Tech again jumped out to a lead in the second. A total of 10 ties saw its last one at 16-all before a 9-2 run sealed the set for the Sooners at 25-18.
Oklahoma was unable to put the match away in the third. A total of five lead changes and 14 ties had OU at match point at 24-23 but the Red Raiders responded and took the set 27-25. In the fourth, TTU went ahead early only to see OU run ahead. The Sooners gained the advantage after the set's sixth tie and went on to win 25-17.
Oklahoma returns to action Saturday at No. 10 Iowa State. First serve is set for 2 p.m. CT at Ames High School.