NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team was narrowly defeated, 3-2, by Kansas State in its first Big 12 match of the season on Wednesday night at McCasland Field House. The Sooners fell to 3-10 overall, while the Wildcats improved to 8-6.
Oklahoma won the first set, 25-19, before falling in each of the next two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-21. The Sooners evened the match with a dominant, 25-13, win in the fourth. K-State finished the night by hitting a collective .438 to secure a 15-8 victory in the fifth.
In the first, OU trailed 15-13 at the media timeout. The Sooners immediately went on a 4-0 run to take a two-point lead and force the Wildcats to call a timeout. On the serve of junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking (League City, Texas), the Sooners increased their run to 7-0 and led 20-15 when Kansas State burned a second timeout. Oklahoma won the set on a block from junior outside hitter Morgan Miller (Magnolia, Texas) and freshman middle blocker Paige Anderson (McKinney, Texas).
The Wildcats hit a collective .414 in the second as four players recorded three or more kills in the set. The Sooners fell behind 6-1 early in the third before coming back to tie the set at 9-9, but K-State gained its separation late in the set.
Oklahoma was at its best in the fourth; outhitting Kansas State, .400-.114. Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher (Southlake, Texas) tallied six kills on nine attempts in the set. Drescher led all players with 25 kills, a career-high, as she hit .400 for the match.
Enneking was second for OU in kills with 16 to go with 20 digs as she recorded her team-leading fifth double-double of the season. Miller chipped in with 13 kills.
Alyssa Schultejans led the Wildcats with 12 kills and four block assists. Kylee Zumach and Peyton Williams, who hit .391, each tallied 11 kills.
OU junior setter Audrey Alford (Norman, Okla.) dished out 50 assists, including the 2,000th of her career. She is the ninth player in program history to reach the milestone. Alford added nine digs and three kills.
The Sooners hit the road this weekend to face Iowa State on Saturday at 4 p.m.