NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma volleyball team was up 2-1 on Morehead State, but succumbed to the Eagles in the final two games for the 28-30, 30-25, 30-25, 23-30, 11-15 loss at the Liberty University Invitational Saturday afternoon. The loss snaps an OU head coach Kalani Mahi era best six match winning streak and drops the Sooners record to 6-4. OU returns to the court tonight at 5 p.m., and faces host Liberty with the invite title on the line.
"We outhit and outblocked them but they passed more efficiently than us," said Mahi. "We struggle when our passing is not effective. There were plenty of bright spots in two major areas but we need to improve our passing before the Big 12 season begins."
Joanna Schmitt recorded the third double-double (19 kills, 15 digs) of her young career. Sophomore Sheena Werling set a new career-high with 20 kills and a .283 (20K-5E-53TA) hitting percentage. Werling also recorded the first double-double of her career thanks to 15 digs, which is another career high.
Freshman Rachel Jackson collected the second double-double of her career (54 assists, 15 digs) and broke the OU five game record for assists (52) which she set against East Carolina last night. Laura Tomes also hit double-digits with a 12 kill, one block solo and six block assist performance.
OU tied the rally scoring total team blocks record with 16, which they set last night against East Carolina. The Sooners held a .212 to .158 advantage in hitting percentage and 16 to 5 advantage in total blocks. Morehead State recorded more assists (67 to 59) and digs (93 to 88) than the Sooners.
Despite the Eagles advantage in digs the Sooners had six players collect double-digits in the category. Besides the aforementioned players, senior Christina Maynes led OU with 17 digs and has made a solid transition from outside hitter to defensive specialist. Libero Yvette Villanueva tallied 12 digs and freshman Anna Monsen reached double-digits for the first time in her career with 10 digs.
Morehead State, which reached the NCAA Tournament in 2002, was led by Jennifer Kennedy and Cherelle Lampkins with 23 and 26 kills, respectively.