Nov. 26, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team took the opening set from fifth-ranked Texas but was unable to come away with a win Saturday afternoon as the Longhorns downed OU 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 19-25). The Sooners (21-11, 8-8 Big 12) learn their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday afternoon during the NCAA Division I Volleyball Selection Special at 5 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
Caitlin Higgins led the Sooners in the regular season finale. Higgins registered her third double-double of the year and first since Sept. 9. Higgins led OU with 13 kills and added 13 digs, one shy of a match high. Higgins hit .333 with four errors in 27 attempts. It was her highest single match hitting percentage since hitting .500 against Florida A&M on Sept. 9.
Sallie McLaurin and Suzy Boulavsky had 10 kills each, as the Sooners had 57 as a team, equivalent to the Longhorns' match total. McLaurin led OU with two block solos and two block assists. Boulavsky also had three block assists.
Brianne Barker had her 21st double-double this year with 41 assists and 10 digs. Barker hit .417 with six kills. Barker had OU's only service ace on the afternoon. Morgan Reynolds hit a team-best .500 with five kills. Carlee Roethlisberger (8) and Tara Dunn (5) also got on the scoring sheet for OU. Roethlisberger added one block solo and two block assists.
Oklahoma had 59 digs to Texas' 54, but the Longhorns had the edge in hitting percentage with a .324 clip to OU's .234, service aces (7-1) and blocks (11.0-7.0).
Bailey Webster led UT with 16 kills, while Hannah Allison dished out 33 assists to go along with 12 digs. Rachael Adams had three block solos and three block assists for the Longhorns (22-4, 15-1 Big 12).