Sept. 1-2 | Athens, Ohio | Convocation Center
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team hits the road for the first time this season at the Bobcat Invitational, hosted by Ohio University. The Sooners face High Point Friday, September 1 and 11 a.m. CT and the host Bobcats at 6:30 p.m. The weekend wraps up against SEC foe Georgia on Saturday, September 2 at 10 a.m. Friday night's match against Ohio can be streamed at WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN mobile app.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma went 1-2 at its annual NIKE Invitational at McCasland Field House last weekend. The Sooners played to a five-set loss to Seton Hall in the season opener before grabbing a three-set win over Northwestern State. The weekend concluded with a four-set loss to former Big 12 rival and current Pac-12 opponent Colorado. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking, who didn’t see the court until late in set two of the opener, finished with a team-high 40 kills, averaging 3.64 per set, and hitting .337 with a 2.00 digs per set average. Junior Morgan Miller played all six rotations as a setter and outside hitter; averaging 2.42 kills, 2.25 digs and 4.08 assists per set. Fellow junior Audrey Alford split the setting duties with Miller and averaged a team-best 5.08 assists to go with 1.58 digs per set.
In her Sooner debut, Morgan Miller recorded the first triple-double at Oklahoma in seven years. Brianne Barker was the last to do so on December 4, 2010. She posted 10 kills, 57 assists and 14 digs in a NCAA Tournament First Round win over No. 22 Tulsa in Norman. Miller accomplished the feat with 12 kills, 17 assists and 15 digs to go with five blocks against Seton Hall (Aug. 25). She nearly duplicated the effort in the finale against Colorado (Aug. 26). Miller went for nine kills, 16 assists and eight digs against the Buffaloes.
ALL-TIME VS. THE FIELD
Oklahoma’s weekend opener against High Point will mark the first match-up between the two schools in volleyball. The Sooners then face Ohio, which OU defeated in straight-sets at the 2016 NIKE Invitational. The match was the first meeting between the two programs. Meanwhile, Georgia holds a 4-0 lead in the all-time series against Oklahoma, but the two teams have not taken the floor together since 1993.
LAST TIME VS. OHIO
After having its seven-match win-streak to start the 2016 season snapped a day earlier, Oklahoma bounced back with a 3-0 win over Ohio (Sept. 9, 2016) at the NIKE Invitational. Middle blocker Marion Hazelwood was error-free for the Sooners with 10 kills and a .556 attack rates. The fifth set of the season for OU came by scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-18. The Sooners hit a collective .337 for the match with Kimmy Gardiner and Alyssa Enneking joining Hazelwood in double figures with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
AGAINST THE SEC
After a 3-2 loss at No. 10 Florida (8/30/14), OU had a four-match win streak against SEC opponents snapped. Oklahoma rebounded with a five-set win over Mississippi State (9/3/16) to end a brief two-match slide vs. the SEC. The Sooners are 20-27 all-time vs. the SEC and 9-5 with Restrepo calling the shots. The Sooners most common opponents from the SEC include LSU (3-8) and Arkansas (4-3).