NORMAN, Okla. - The Sooners dropped their second game of the season Friday night in a 3-0 loss to the Miami Hurricanes at the NIKE Invitational.
Miami took set one 25-18 on the back of 19 kills and eight digs from junior outside-hitter Savanah Leaf. The Sooners struggled offensively in the first set, hitting .132 and committing eight errors.
Oklahoma stepped up defensively in the second set and held the Hurricanes to a .184 hitting percentage but fell 25-22. The Sooners got off to a quick start in the third, taking a 3-0 lead. Miami then went on a 6-0 run to take the lead 6-3 and never looked back, winning the set 25-16 and sweeping the match.
The Sooners fall to 11-2 on the season and 2-3 all-time against the Hurricanes.
Coach Restrepo credits Miami’s well rounded performance for their win.
“That’s a very solid team,” Restrepo said. “They pass extremely well, they pass very tough and they block very well. They deflect a lot of balls. You name it, they did it well.”
Oklahoma was led defensively by sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo and senior outside-hitter Keila Rodriguez with 15 and 13 digs respectively.
Senior Sallie McLaurin led the Sooners with nine kills and sophomore Kierra Holst added eight. Sophomore setter Julia Doyle recorded 23 assists.
Rodriguez knows the Sooners can play better.
“We didn’t do our best,” Rodriguez said. “We didn’t have our momentum and when we had it we lost it and we just didn’t find a way to bring it back.”
The Sooners struggled to find a rhythm offensively, hitting just .139 for the game and totaling 19 errors. The shaky offensive performance often interrupted runs that could have put Oklahoma over the top.
Defensively Oklahoma allowed Miami to total 48 kills and hit .291 for the night. McLaurin looks for the Sooners to show more mental toughness the next time out.
“We can learn to be mentally there,” McLaurin said. “I think we weren’t even present on the court. We didn’t really play well at all.”
The Sooners aim to get back on track when they take the court again Saturday night against LIU Brooklyn at 7 p.m. at the McCasland Field House.