Sooners Face No. 8 Texas Wednesday on ESPNU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
 No. 8 Texas (8-3, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Oklahoma (14-3, 1-0 Big 12)
 Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House
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 Television  ESPNU | Beth Mowins and Kelli Tennant
 Promotions  Pledge for a Cure
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NORMAN, Okla. -The 25th-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team face No. 8 Texas this Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT. First serve from McCasland Field House is set for 7 p.m. CT. The match airs nationally on ESPNU with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and former Southern Cal volleyball player Kelli Tennant (analyst) on the call. GameTracker is available at

Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with the fewest blocks allowed (1.60) and ranks second in three other categories ... OU is second in hitting percentage (.269), opponent hitting percentage (.151), kills (13.87) ... OU has hit .350 or better in 20 sets this year, including 11 of 14 sets during the Oklahoma Invitational ... Oklahoma is 12-111 all-time against ranked opponents and 11-53 under head coach Santiago Restrepo ... OU is 1-0 against ranked teams this year, having swept then-No. 15 Colorado State on Aug. 28 in Norman.

 Player to Watch: María Fernanda

María Fernanda in 2011:
Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26 ... Led the team with 27 digs against Baylor ... Named to the Oklahoma Invitational all-tournament team ... Led the team with 19 digs against Boise State ... Also contributed four assists against the Broncos ... Team leader with 14 digs against Arkansas-Little Rock ... Also had three assists against the Trojans ... Led the team with 34 digs at Wichita State ... Team leader with 28 digs against Miami ... Led the team with 25 digs against Auburn ... Led the team in digs against Arkansas with 17 ... Team leader in digs against Sam Houston State (16) and Cincinnati (17) ... Led the team with 16 digs against #15 Colorado State.

Tara Dunn

Junior María Fernanda was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 26 ... Fernanda was OU's defensive leader in a four-set win at Baylor. She averaged 6.75 digs per set, totaling 27 against the Bears ... Suzy Boulavsky led the Sooners at Baylor with a team-high 13 kills ... Tara Dunn recorded her second double-double of the year with 12 kills and 10 digs ... Sallie McLaurin leads the Big 12 with a .412 hitting percentage. She's the only player hitting .400 or better ... McLaurin was named most valuable player of the Oklahoma Invitational ... McLaurin played in eight of OU's 14 sets and averaged 4.00 kills per set, 1.62 blocks per set and hit .667 ... Dunn had a match-high 29 kills and recorded her first career double-double with 15 digs at Wichita State on Sept. 14 ... Dunn's 29 kills were the most for a Sooner in a single match since Christina Maynes had 30 against Missouri on Nov. 15, 2003 ... Dunn set a rally scoring match record (both eras) in attempts (85). Dunn committed just two attack errors to hit .318 ... Grace Whitley hit a perfect 1.000 against Texas Southern on Sept. 16. Whitley connected for 11 kills in 11 attack attempts

Texas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma 37-2 and has won four straight in the series ... Both OU wins over the Longhorns have come under Santiago Restrepo. Both matches were five set victories ... The Sooners' only win over Texas in Norman was a 3-2 win on Sept. 27, 2006.



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