Nov. 23, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team closed out the home portion of the 2011 schedule Wednesday evening with a sweep of Texas Tech (-12, -19, -33). The Sooners (21-10, 8-7 Big 12) hit .333 in the match and had four players hit .300 or better as Oklahoma held the Red Raiders (15-16, 1-14 Big 12) to a .118 hitting percentage and 42 kills.
Sophomore Sallie McLaurin led OU with a complete all-around effort. McLaurin had a team-best 13 kills and had just one attack error, hitting .706 with 17 attempts. McLaurin tied a season high with three block solos and added four block assists for seven total blocks.
In her final home match as a Sooner, senior Carlee Roethlisberger added 10 kills, hitting .500 with two block assists. Senior Caitlin Higgins had nine kills and senior Suzy Boulavsky had eight kills. Higgins added eight digs and the duo had two block assists each.
Senior Brianne Barker commanded the offense to the .333 hitting percentage and added 41 assists. Barker hit .400 with five kills. Morgan Reynolds also had six kills. Maria Fernanda led OU with 16 digs.
Oklahoma produced a 75-percent sideout percentage for the match and hit better than .400 in each of the first two sets. OU had just one error in the first set, hitting .600 and three in the second set to hit .405.
OU cruised in the first set and led by 11 before pulling out the 13-point win in the set. The Sooners led early in the second but the Red Raiders cut the lead to one at 18-17 before OU closed out the set on a 7-2 run to win 25-19.
The two teams traded rallies in the third set and Texas Tech led 15-14 at the media timeout. In all, both teams combined for six lead changes and 24 ties before OU was able to capitalize off two TTU errors to take the set 35-33. The 35 points in the third set were the most in a single set by an OU team in the 25-point rally scoring era.
Oklahoma closes out the regular season Saturday afternoon at No. 5 Texas. First serve is set for 4 p.m. CT and GameTracker is available at SoonerSports.com.