|Georgia Southern (0-2)||25||20||23||18|
|Kills||Ward - 18||Bange - 13|
|Assists||Doyle - 44||Minnerly - 40|
|Digs||Migliazzo - 13||DeRatt - 13|
|Blocks||Hazelwood - 3||Curry - 4|
|Player of the Match|
|Madison Ward // RSo. // OH
Ward set a new career-high with 18 kills and totaled 33 on the day after matching her previous career-high with 15 in the season-opening win earlier in the day against Idaho.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Outside hitters Madison Ward (Lawton, Okla.) and Kimmy Gardiner (Grapevine, Texas) provided much of the offense in a 3-1, comeback win for the University of Oklahoma volleyball team over Georgia Southern. The Sooners improved to 2-0 at the Active Ankle Challenge, hosted by the University of Florida, Friday evening.
Oklahoma dropped the first set to the Eagles, 25-20 before rattling off narrow victories of 25-20 and 25-23, while ultimately claiming the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth.
Ward set a new career-high in kills after posting 15 in the season opener earlier in the day against Idaho. She hit .361, while Gardiner hit a match-high .452 and each added eight digs.
Oklahoma took the third set, a back-and-forth affair, and began to pull away for the win in the fourth. The Sooners held a narrow 14-13 lead and finished the set on an 11-5 run, including two kills by freshman middle blocker Marion Hazelwood (Beach City, Texas), the second of which came as the match-winner.
For Georgia Southern, Katie Bange led the way in a 17-kill effort and hit .368. Kat Minnerly dished out 40 assists and Jamie DeRatt matched Migliazzo’s match-high with 13 digs.
Weekend play resumes on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm against Florida. The match can be streamed online at the SEC Network.
- For the day, Ward totaled 33 kills, averaged 4.71 per set and hit .373.
- Gardiner totaled 25 kills, averaged 3.57 per set and hit a team-high .457.
- Julia Doyle recorded 40 or more assists for the second straight match and 22nd time in her career.
- The match was the first-ever between the two programs.