Volleyball Returns Home to Face Kansas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 13, 2011
  Kansas Jayhawks (12-6, 0-5) at No. 22 Oklahoma (17-5, 4-2)
 Saturday, October 15, 2011 | 5 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House
 Tickets  Tickets Available through the OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Promotions  Boomer Sooner Night | Postmatch autographs
 Internet  Stats GameTracker | All-Access VideoWebcast
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NORMAN, Okla. - The 22nd-ranked University of Oklahoma volleyball team returns home Saturday afternoon to face the Kansas Jayhawks in a 5 p.m. CT contest at McCasland Field House. GameTracker and a webcast of the match are available at SoonerSports.com.

Oklahoma has dropped back-to-back matches for the first time since Sept. 10/14 ... OU fell in five sets at Texas A&M Wednesday night and at No. 16 Iowa State in four last Saturday ... OU has the lowest blocks per set allowed in the Big 12 this year (1.68) and service aces allowed (0.86) ... Oklahoma is tops in the league in blocks per set allowed (1.86) in conference matches only ... The Sooners are third in the league with 2.45 blocks per set and 17.00 digs per set in Big 12 matches only ... Oklahoma is tops in the league in overall hitting percentage (.255). Kansas is seventh (.230) ... OU has hit .350 or better in 23 sets this year.

 Player to Watch: Keila Rodriguez

Made her fifth start of the year Wednesday night at Texas A&M ... It was her second career start in a conference match (at Iowa State, 2010) ... Recorded eight kills, 14 digs and four block assists against Texas A&M ... All of which were career highs ... Contributed five kills, one assist and two block assists against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... Had six kills, four digs, one block solo and two block assists against Arkansas-Little Rock ... Recorded three kills, a career-high three service aces, five digs and one block assist against Texas Southern ... Had seven kills, one service ace, four digs and one block assist against Florida A&M ... Recorded two kills in two sets played against Oral Roberts.

Morgan Reynolds

Sallie McLaurin is second in the Big 12 with a .375 hitting percentage (overall) ... McLaurin leads the league with 1.36 bps in all matches and 1.54 bps in conference matches ... McLaurin needs just 33 block assists to surpass her single season record set last year ... María Fernanda needs just 12 digs to become the Oklahoma career leader (Melissa Peterson, 1,436 from 1994-97) ... She needs 165 to break her single season record set a year ago ... Fernanda is third in the league with 4.95 digs per overall and 5.18 per set in Big 12 matches only ... Suzy Boulavsky leads OU with 3.30 kps and is second on the team with 58 block assists, eighth most in a season at OU ... Brianne Barker continues to climb OU's career assists list. She needs 205 to move past Karen Meyers (4,414) into third ... OU has four players ranked in the top 100 in the nation in their respective categories.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Kansas 44-29 and holds a 22-11 advantage in matches played in Norman ... OU has won six of the last 10 meetings. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings in Norman ... The last team to sweep the annual series meetings was Oklahoma (2006) ... The home team has won its contest in three of the last four years. Last year was the exception ... The Sooners are 6-8 against the Jayhawks under Santiago Restrepo.



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