Oklahoma Sweeps Alabama A&M
Sooners Improve to 7-1 on the Season
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team lifted its record to 7-1 with a 3-0 win over Alabama A&M at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational, hosted by Missouri State, Friday afternoon. The Sooners hit a collective .389 for the match as they dropped the Bulldogs to 0-8 on the year.
“Overall I challenged [the team] to minimize their errors,” said head coach Santiago Restrepo. “Three of our players were without errors. We had just seven overall attacking errors, which was very good over three sets.”
Oklahoma cruised to its fourth sweep of the season by scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-16.
Senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) hit a season-high .722 and paced the Sooners with a match-best 13 kills, as she was one of the three Sooners without an error, and six blocks.
Redshirt-freshman Summer Cole (DeSoto, Texas) made her first career start alongside McLaurin in the middle and provided eight kills and no errors, while hitting .667 to go with three blocks.
“This was one of the matches that everyone was going to be able to play,” claimed Restrepo. “I gave Summer the green light to go in and to hit over .600 was pretty amazing.”
Sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) was second on the team with nine kills and a .471 attack rate.
Sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo (Kansas City, Mo.) picked up a team-leading nine digs.
Kyanna Sales led Alabama A&M with 10 kills, while Ashley Forman collected a match-high 30 assists.
The Sooners return to action for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning with a 10:00 am match against Middle Tennessee State.
“MTSU has beaten us before in a neutral site,” continued Restrepo. “They are very well coached and present a big challenge because they are extremely physical and overall a really good team. Later on, we play the home team Missouri State. They present a challenge as they distribute the ball well and are very good offensively. They are both very good teams.”
The match against the host Bears is scheduled for 7:30 pm Saturday night. Last season, Oklahoma defeated Missouri State in its season opener at home, 3-0. The Sooners trail the all-time series, 23-9, but have won each of the last four.