NORMAN, Okla. No. 5 Kansas State and its senior laden squad were too much for the young Oklahoma volleyball team, as the Sooners fell in three games (30-15, 30-22, 30-24) Wednesday night at the Howard McCasland Field House. Oklahoma falls to 11-18 on the season and 3-14 in Big 12 play, while K-State improves to 25-3, 16-1 and extends its season-best winning streak to 14 matches.
Freshman Joanna Schmitt was the driving force behind the Sooner offense with 14 kills and seven digs. Schmitt was unable to extend her career-best streak of four consecutive double-doubles. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate tied a career-high with four block assists.
OU started slow in game one and never put together any significant rally as they lost 30-15. OU rebounded with a solid effort in the second session, but K-State went on a couple of extended rallies thanks to the precise serving of Wildcats Lauren Goehring and Valeria Hejjas who sealed the game, 30-22. OU’s 8-6 lead in the third game was short-lived as Goehring’s serve did in the Sooners again and ended the game, 30-24.
Freshman setter Anna Monsen found herself filling it at right side hitter for the injured Keri Coats again. Monsen had her best offensive match (of three) at the position with five kills and a .444 hitting percentage. Monsen also recorded six digs, the second best total on the squad.
Sophomore middle blocker Sheena Werling had six kills and two block assists. Middle blocker Jennifer Adams had five block assists for the second consecutive match, as well as three kills. Freshman setter Rachel Jackson had a team-high 29 assists. Senior Christina Maynes has seven kills, which is just the second time she has been in single digits over the last five matches.
OU’s primary rotation included three freshmen and two sophomores, as opposed to the Wildcats who had four seniors on the floor the majority of the night. K-State junior setter Gabby Guerre turned in a team-high nine kills and match-high 35 assists.
Oklahoma ends the season with senior day at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, Nov. 28. The match is set for 1 p.m. start with senior ceremonies prior to the contest against Colorado. OU has two more road trips before its season finale, which includes a road trip to Texas this Saturday. The Red River Rivalry begins at 7 p.m., from Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas.