Sept. 8-9 | New Orleans | Devlin Fieldhouse
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team is on the road again as its heads to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic hosted by Tulane, September 8-9. The Sooners open the competition Friday afternoon against Nicholls State before a Saturday doubleheader vs. Southern Miss and Tulane. Oklahoma's weekend finale agaisnt the host Green Wave will be streamed at TulaneGreenWave.com.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma is 1-5 on the season, with its lone win coming against Northwestern State (Aug. 26) at its home NIKE Invitational, after a 0-3 weekend at the Bobcat Invitational in Athens, Ohio. The Sooners were without junior setter Audrey Alford last week, which forced OU junior Morgan Miller to run the offense in all three matches. She tallied a season-best 59 against Ohio on Friday night to lift her average to 7.52 assists per set. Alford, who started the first three matches of the year is expected to return, averaged 5.08 assists per set the first weekend of the year. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking has been a force offensively for Oklahoma through the first two weeks of the season. She is averaging 4.05 kills, 2.64 digs per set and hitting .283. Enneking tallied a career-best 26 kills vs. the Bobcats last Friday. Freshman Kira Morikawa has started five of six matches at libero and averages a team-leading 2.77 digs per set.
Sooner head coach Santiago Restrepo, who is in his 14th season in Norman, arrived at OU following a three-year stint as the head coach of Southern Miss. At the helm of the Golden Eagles’ program from 2001-03, Restrepo amassed a record of 52-40, including a program-best record of 27-6 in his final season; earning him Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. OU assistant coach Kelly Files was a senior on Restrepo’s first team at USM in 2001. A 2002 Southern Miss grad, Files stayed on as a graduate assistant before accepting a full-time coaching position with the team in 2003. She finished her career ranked among the top-10 leaders in several categories after being a four-year starter and leading the Golden Eagles in kills, aces and blocks as a junior and senior. Saturday’s match between Oklahoma and Southern Miss marks the first time that Restrepo and Files have coaches against their old team.
ALL-TIME VS. THE FIELD
Oklahoma has faced Nicholls and Tulane once each in its program history and Saturday’s match-up with Southern Miss will mark the first time the two teams have taken the floor together. The Sooners took down the Colonels, 3-0, in Houston in 2009 behind a 24-assist, 11-dig effort from Brianne Barker. In its lone match with Tulane, Oklahoma fell in three sets, 2-1, in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1976.
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.
Five Sooners combined for 28 double-doubles in 2016 and exactly half of those double-doubles return for 2017. Audrey Alford and Alyssa Enneking each collected seven double-doubles a year ago. Alford picked up her first of 2017 with a 23-assist, 11-dig effort in the first match of the season. Enneking, who collected two double-doubles in one day last weekend, leads the team with two so far in 2017.