NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team capped off its spring season with a pair of wins at Wichita State over the weekend. The Sooners completed the exhibition circuit with a record of 7-3 and won three of their final four matches; nine of which were best of three sets.
“The spring season went extremely well,” stated head coach Santiago Restrepo. “I thought that we improved from weekend-to-weekend. We finished on a high note. It was an extremely important spring for the young players that need to develop.”
The spring slate began with a pair of home wins over UCO and North Texas on April 1. Oklahoma then went on the road for wins over Northwestern State and Rice plus a three-set loss to LSU at the FAST Invitational in Houston on April 8. The Sooners were back in Texas on April 15 to face a trifecta of Big 12 opponents at the Lone Star Showcase. OU took down Texas Tech in there and dropped a three-set match to TCU and a two-setter to Texas. Finally, Oklahoma defeated UMKC in three and Wichita State in two on April 22.
“I thought that the spring was extremely beneficial for somebody like Ally and Madison,” continued Restrepo. :”They got a lot of reps and they got a lot of swings. They got a lot of practice passing on serve-receive and were also very effective at the net. I was extremely happy to see the result throughout all four dates.”
The Sooners opted to run a 6-2 offense for the spring with Audrey Alford (Norman, Okla.) and Morgan Turner (Edmond, Okla.) sharing the setting duties. Alford picked up a team-leading 193 assists to go with 45 digs and 10 kills. Turner contributed 78 assists and 30 digs.
Offensively, outside hitter Alyssa Enneking (League City, Texas) led Oklahoma with 118 kills on a .257 hitting percentage to go with 61 digs. Fellow outside Madison Drescher (Southlake, Texas) was second with 88 kills. Right side Erin Dibble (Frisco, Texas) added 65 kills and hit a team-best .275 among outside hitters. Middle blocker Leslie Atherton (Tulsa, Okla.) led all players with a .289 attack rate on 41 kills with a team-high 16 blocks. Outside hitter Manuela Conte (Bologna, Italy) chipped in with 28 kills.
On the back row, libero Rachel Manriquez (Edmond, Okla.) picked up a team-leading 109 digs and added nine service aces. Defensive specialist Emma Kelly (Houston, Texas) tied Manriquez for the team-lead in aces at nine and added 88 digs. Defensive specialist Valerie Woody (Rowlett, Texas) tallied 27 digs and two aces.