OU Volleyball Hosts No. 23 Iowa State Wednesday
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team is home Wednesday, November 15 to take on Iowa State. The match is set for a 7 p.m. first serve from McCasland Field House. Wednesday’s match will be streamed on SoonerSports.tv. Audio from the contest will also be aired locally on Sportstalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM. Chris Plank (play-by-play) and Jen Robinson (color commentary) will be on the call. The Sooners host “Elementary School Night” at McCasland. The match will be preceded by a kids club tailgate and 200 free OU fidget spinners will be given away to the first 200 kids in attendance. Admission for teachers and their families will be reduced to $5.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Coming off back-to-back conference wins for the first time since October 2016, the Sooners enter the week at 7-18 overall and 4-8 in the Big 12. Oklahoma’s back-to-back wins over West Virginia and at Texas Tech puts them in fifth place in the Big 12 standings with four matches left to play. On the season, the Sooners are 3-6 on their home floor, including a 2-4 mark in Big 12 play. Oklahoma is seeking back-to-back home wins for the first time since defeating Ohio (Sept. 9, 2016) and Lamar (Sept. 10, 2016) at its home NIKE Invitational. The Sooners last won back-to-back home Big 12 matches against West Virginia (Nov. 24-25, 2015). Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads OU with 4.10 kills and 2.96 digs per set. She is coming off a 26-kill night against the Red Raiders, which tied her career-high previously set at Ohio (Sept. 1). Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher is second on the team with 2.98 kills per set. After dishing out 51 assists in four sets in Lubbock last week, junior setter Audrey Alford has lifted her average to 9.36 assists per set. Senior defensive specialist Emma Kelly has bested her career-high in digs in back-to-back matches with 16 against WVU and 20 against TTU. She averages 1.87 digs per set, while redshirt-junior libero Rachel Manriquez leads the Sooners’ back row with 2.71 digs per set.
SCOUTING THE CYCLONES
No. 23 Iowa State is 18-6 overall and 8-5 in the Big 12 after a four-set loss at home to No. 3 Texas on Saturday. Away from Ames, the Cyclones are 9-3 this season, including a 3-3 record in league matches. Jess Schaben leads ISU with 3.18 kills per set to go with 2.94 digs per set. Samara West is hitting at a team-high .301 clip with 2.98 kills and 0.85 blocks per set. Libero Hali Hillegas leads the Big 12 with 5.69 digs per set. Three Cyclones blockers rank in the top-10 in the Big 12, including outside hitter Grace Lazard, who ranks fourth, at 1.21 blocks per set. She is also averaging 2.30 kills per set on a .263 hitting percentage. As a team, Iowa State leads the league with 17.21 digs and is second with 2.97 blocks per set.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Sooners won a marathon first set, 31-29, before the Cyclones rallied back to win each of the next three by scores of 25-15, 25-23 and 25-22. Alyssa Enneking led all players with 21 kills and added 18 digs. Madison Drescher was second on the team with 17 kills. Four ISU players netted double-figure kill totals, including Samara West with a team-high 18 on a .371 attack rate. Jess Schaben added 17 kills, nine digs and six blocks.
ALL-TIME VS. IOWA STATE
Despite falling in each of the last eight match-ups, Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Iowa State, 44-36. The Sooners last won on October 5, 2013. It was a five-set Oklahoma win over the No. 25 Cyclones. Keila Rodriguez led all players with 19 kills in the win. The Sooners have defeated each of the other seven Big 12 teams since last earning a win over Iowa State.
|Next Home Match|
|Oklahoma vs. TCU
Nov. 25 | Norman, Okla.
In its season finale, Oklahoma plays TCU at McCasland Field House on November 25. The match's start time is still TBD due to OU football's start time against West Virginia yet to be determined on that date. Admission will be free as OU honors seniors Emma Kelly and Leslie Atherton.
BY THE NUMBERS: OU VS. ISU
In her first match against the Cyclones, Audrey Alford came off the bench for a 22-assist, 11-dig double-double. Through four matches in the series, she averaged 10.00 assists and 1.87 digs per set. Alyssa Enneking has averaged 3.08 kills and 2.92 digs per set against Iowa State. She has reached double figures in digs twice and registered one double-double. Rachel Manriquez, who redshirted at ISU in 2014, has averaged 3.16 digs per set and reached double figures three times. She posted a series-high 19 digs in her first start against her former team in 2015.
ENNEKING CLIMBS THE KILL CHART
Alyssa Enneking enters Wednesday with 385 kills on the season. She currently ranks fifth in kills in a single season during the 25-point, rally-scoring era (2008-pres.). Since 2001, Enneking’s 385 kills this season are the 10th most by a Sooner. Kierra Holst holds the Sooner record for kills in a single season during the current era with 450 in 2014. Enneking’s 14-kill effort against West Virginia (Nov. 4) moved her from sixth to fifth past Holst’s 346 kills in 2013. She is now chasing Suzy Boulavsky’s 407 kills in 2011 for fourth and is just 65 back of Holst’s record.
Setter Audrey Alford recorded the 2,000th assist of her Sooner career against Kansas State (Sept. 20). She moved into ninth all-time at OU against Maryland (Sept. 15) as she recorded the 1,910th of her career to pass Jessica Barney (2001-02). Alford, who reached the 2,000-assist mark in her 61st match and now has 2,430 in her career, is now chasing Julie Chester (2004-07), who dished out 2,794 career assists, for eighth all-time at Oklahoma.