Sooners Sweep Arkansas-Little Rock

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University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012

(10-3, 0-0)
  1 2 3 4 5 F
Oklahoma 25 25 28 - - 3
UALR 22 19 26 - - 0

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(4-7, 0-0)
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 Stat  Oklahoma
 Kills Rodriguez (12) Begic (20)
 Hitting % Rodriguez (.478) Begic (.333)
 Assists Doyle (33) de Zoeta (33)
 Digs Fernanda (12) Davis (15)
 Blocks McLaurin (5) Hodzic (2)
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Norman, Okla. -The University of Oklahoma volleyball team swept Arkansas-Little Rock, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 28-26) in its second match of the 2012 Oklahoma Invitational Saturday afternoon at McCasland Field House. The Sooners improve to 10-3 on the season with the win, and inked their third sweep in as many matches.

After trailing 24-21 in the 3rd set, Oklahoma put together a comeback to win 28-26. as OU held off five Trojan set points.

Junior Keila Rodriguez tied her season best with 12 kills off 23 swings with just one error, to hit .478 on the afternoon to earn Oklahoma its second consecutive sweep of the Oklahoma Invitational.

Freshman Julia Doyle recorded 33 assists for the Sooners and added two kills, while outside hitter Tara Dunn and middle blocker Sallie McLaurin added 11 and nine kills, respectively.

Coming off a career performance last night, senior Maria Fernanda had a team high 12 digs in the match. She added four assists, second best on the team.

In earlier action at the Oklahoma Invitational, New Mexico swept SMU (25-14, 25-21, 25-22). New Mexico improved to 12-1 on the season and extended their winning streak to 11. SMU falls to 2-9 on the year and will take on Arkansas-Little Rock at 5 p.m. today.

It was a back-and-forth battle to start the first set, tied at 2-2, until the Sooners went on a 3-0 scoring run behind serves from sophomore Caroline Weir to go up 5-2 and earn a lead that OU wouldn't drop the remainder of the set. UALR continued to put points on the board, but it wasn't enough as a 6-0 scoring run, the largest of the set for the Sooners, put them up 21-15 heading into set point. The Trojans quickly added a few points of their own to hold off OU's set point late in the first, until a successful swing by Kiera Holst hit the ground and secured the 1-0 lead, 25-22.

The Trojans got on the board first to start the second set, but the Sooners quickly strung together some points to go up 5-3. The two teams continued to battle, but it was Oklahoma who maintained the lead until halfway through the set, which saw UALR catch both its first break, and lead at 11-10. The Sooners evened it out, but the Trojans pulled through with another point, as the lead changed three separate times in just a matter of points.

Three, 3-0 scoring runs put the Sooners up 23-16 heading into the last few minutes of the set, but the Trojans weren't ready to back down as they quickly strung together three points of their own to hold off set point at 24-19. Senior Morgan Reynolds came in with a high swing off the post to secure the 2-0 lead, 25-19.

The third and final set, played out a little differently, in nail-biting fashion. OU quickly jumped ahead with a 5-1 lead, and maintained the separation between UALR until the Trojans tied it up, 13-13, on a four point scoring streak. Neither team managed to grab a secure lead until Adiisa Hodzic successfully struck the ball to give UALR a 16-20 advantage.

Oklahoma fought back, adding points here-and-there to get within reach at 21-23. A 3-0 Sooner run held off set point to tie it, 24-24 all. The final closing minutes saw two more tie changes, and an eventual sooner match point as OU secured the win, 28-26.

OU will take to the court at 7 p.m., Saturday night against New Mexico for the tournament title. It has been nearly 23 years since the Sooners and Lobos last took the court in Norman, where New Mexico swept Oklahoma in three sets.

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