The Oklahoma volleyball team was unable to overcome the latest rash of injuries as they lost (30-14, 30-21, 30-16) to Kansas at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Wednesday night. Despite the short squad, freshman Joanna Schmitt turned in her third consecutive double-double to lead the Sooners.
OU was without sophomore Jennifer Mosso (ankle) and junior-transfer Keri Coats (ankle) due to injury. Both Mosso an Coats had started at middle blocker for the Sooners in the last seven matches. Sophomore Sheena Werling replaced Mosso and recorded her first career start at middle blocker. The second-year co-captain pounded six kills on 16 swings. Freshman setter Anna Monsen replaced Werling at right side hitter and tallied four kills on 15 attempts.
Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate Joanna Schmitt was undaunted as she collected 11 kills. Schmitt also turned in a team-best 10 digs. Schmitt, who was tied for seventh in the Big 12 in double-doubles coming into the match, recorded her 13th double-double of the season and her fourth in the last five matches.
Schmitt broke her second rally-scoring single season record of the year. This time she topped the dig record of Logan Pierce, which she set with 263 in 2001. Schmitt's 10 digs on Wednesday night gave her 266 for the season. She also owns the OU rally-scoring single season kills record with 421 this year.
Errors doomed the Sooner attack all night. OU had 24 attack, 10 service and nine service reception errors on the evening. OU’s error totaled of 43 dwarfed the 20 by the Jayhawks.
Senior Christina Maynes, who had two consecutive double-doubles entering the match, had her first off night in nearly a month. The Choctaw native was second on the squad with eight digs, which was offset by a -.121 hitting percentage.
Senior Kelly McCarter and freshman Rachel Jackson shared the setting duties, with the veteran turning in 13 assists to the rookie’s nine.
OU is 11-16 on the season with a 3-12 conference mark, while KU is 17-9 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12.
Kansas was led by Ashley Michaels who turned in 11 kills and no errors. Senior Sarah Rome collected 10 kills, while 2002 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Josi Lima totaled eight.
Oklahoma hosts Missouri during a busy day for Sooner athletics this Saturday. First serve for the volleyball match is set for 5 p.m., inside the Howard McCasland Field House. Saturday is also Sooner Fan Appreciation Day with no admission being charged for the volleyball match. OU football faces Baylor at 1:30 Saturday, while the men’s basketball team hosted its final exhibition of the season at 7 p.m.