Oct. 22, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The 22nd-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team rallied on several occasions Saturday afternoon to down Kansas State in four sets (25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21).
The two teams split each of the first two sets and OU trailed 22-17 in the third before scoring eight straight points to re-gain the momentum to take the set 25-22. OU won the fourth set 25-21 to move to 19-5 on the year and 6-2 in Big 12 Conference play.
Senior Brianne Barker and freshman Tara Dunn paved the way for the Sooners, each with a double-double. Barker had 40 assists and 13 digs. Dunn had 13 kills and 12 digs.
Junior Maria Fernanda also contributed to the win, leading the team with a match-high 22 digs. Sophomore Sallie McLaurin led in blocks, with two block solos and five block assists. McLaurin also added 11 kills and a team-best .400 hitting percentage.
Barker had two of the team's four service aces. Dunn and McLaurin contributed one each. The Sooners hit .266 for the match, including a .417 clip in the first set.
Caitlyn Donahue and Kaitlynn Pelger each had double-doubles for Kansas State. Donahue had 53 assists and 14 digs, while Pelger had 26 kills and 14 digs. Kuulei Kabalis had a team-high 16 digs. The Wildcats hit a .211 clip, led by Alex Muff, who hit .444.
The one hour, 53 minute match featured 18 ties and 10 lead changes.
OU travels to Columbia, Missouri next Saturday to face the Missouri Tigers at 6:30 p.m. CT. GameTracker is available at SoonerSports.com.