Sooners Host Oklahoma Invitational

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
 No. 22 Oklahoma (9-3) hosts the Oklahoma Invitational
 Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17
 Location  Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House
 Tickets  Tickets OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Internet  Stats Webcast
 Promotions  Friday: Hispanic Heritage/OU Faculty Staff Night
 Saturday: Cheer Like a Champion Day
 Online   Match NotesMedia Guide | Roster | Twitter

NORMAN, Okla. - The 22nd-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball closes out non-conference action this weekend with the Oklahoma Invitational. OU opens against Texas Southern Friday at 2 p.m. CT and takes on Arkansas-Little Rock Friday evening at 7 p.m. CT. The Sooners close out the tournament Saturday at noon against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and at 7 p.m. CT against Boise State. GameTracker for all matches and a webcast for OU matches are available at

Oklahoma dropped a five set decision at Wichita State Wednesday evening (27-25, 25-23, 18-25, 27-29, 13-15) ... OU set single match records for attempts (235) and digs (113) and tied the record for kills (73) and assists (67) ... The Sooners went 2-1 at the Hurricane Invitational, sweeping Florida A&M and Auburn before falling to host Miami in four ... Oklahoma hit .449 against Florida A&M, its highest ever during the rally scoring era ... Oklahoma's 15 total blocks against Arkansas on Sept. 6 ties for the second highest in a single match in the last five seasons ... The most in that span was 19 at Missouri on Oct. 9, 2010. OU also had 15 against Kansas on Nov. 3, 2007 ... Oklahoma has the fourth lowest opponent hitting percentage in the Big 12 (.154) ... Only Texas Tech (.069), Kansas (.152) and Iowa State (.153) have a lower opponent hitting percentage.

 Player to Watch: Tara Dunn

Tara Dunn in 2011:
Had first career double-double at Wichita State with 29 kills and 15 digs ...The 29 kills were the most for a Sooner in a single match since Christina Maynes had 30 against Missouri on Nov. 15, 2003 ... Set a rally scoring match record (both eras) in attempts (85) ... Committed just two attack errors to hit .318 ... Recorded nine kills and three block assists against Arkansas ... Also hit .421 against the Razorbacks ... Hit .800, connecting on four of five total attempts at North Texas ... Had playing time against #15 Colorado State ... Played in all three sets against Oral Roberts ... Registered six kills and six digs against the Golden Eagles.

Tara Dunn

Sallie McLaurin had nine block assists against Arkansas. That matches her previous career high set twice previously ... It also broke her previous OU single match record (four sets) in the category (8 vs. Missouri, 10/9/10) ... McLaurin had a team-best 12 kills for her fourth career double-double ... Brianne Barker had her fifth of the season ... Barker and Suzy Boulavsky earned all-tournament team honors at the North Texas Invitational and Hurricane Invitational.... McLaurin was named most valuable player of the Nike Invitational. She led OU with a .418 hitting percentage ... Barker and María Fernanda also earned all-tournament team honors.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Arkansas-Little Rock, 5-1 and holds a 3-0 lead in matches in Norman ... The Sooners have swept Trojans in five of the six meetings, including the last on on Sept. 12, 2009 in Arlington, Texas ... OU swept Texas Southern on Sept. 9, 2006 in Denton, Texas. It's the only meeting between the two schools ... This is the first series meeting between Oklahoma and Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Boise State.



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