Sooners Sweep Home Tournament
NORMAN – The Oklahoma volleyball team concluded its first weekend of home contests with a 3-1 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday night at McCasland Field House. With the win, the Sooners finished the 2018 OU Nike Invitational undefeated.
After the Sooners (8-4) dropped the first set 25-12, they rallied to clinch the next three sets 25-19, 25-16, 25-15.
“We needed to dial in and take it to another level of mental focus and I think we were able to do that after we worked through our first set and the issues we had there,” head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said. “That’s really cool to be able to see our team forget what happened and focus on to the next thing and get three sets under our belt.”
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking was named MVP of the tournament, her second MVP honor of the season. She averaged 4.50 kills per set while adding 3.17 digs per set.
Joining Enneking on the All-Tournament Team were sophomores Paige Anderson and Keyton Kinley. Anderson led the team with 1.33 blocks per set and added 1.92 kills per set, while libero Kinley averaged a team-best 4.17 digs per set with 14 assists on the weekend.
The Sooners out-hit the Aggies 52-44 on Saturday, recording a .250 hitting percentage while holding TAMU to a .157 clip. Oklahoma totaled 45 assists, including a match-high 40 from sophomore setter Kylee McLaughlin, to Texas A&M’s team total of 40.
Oklahoma also led the Aggies in blocks by an 11-6 clip and in digs by a 59-52 mark.
Enneking earned her third double-double in as many games, collecting a match-high 23 kills and 11 digs. Anderson led both teams with six kills while classmate Kinley led the Sooners with 16 digs.
The Aggies came out strong, cruising to a 25-12 victory in the first set. However, the Sooners fired back in the second frame, opening with a 10-1 lead. Enneking tallied five kills in that span; Kadiku, McLaughlin and Sarah Sanders each added one; and Kadiku and Enneking combined on a block assist. Overall, the Sooners hit .375 in the second frame and carried their early advantage to take a 25-19 victory and knot the match at 1-1.
The third set saw a more competitive start with eight ties early. Leading by one at 15-14, the Sooners went on a 3-0 run to force TAMU to burn a timeout. Although the Aggies scored out of the break, the Sooners closed the frame with a 7-1 run – including two Kadiku kills and one from Sanders – to clinch the 25-16 victory and take a 2-1 lead.
Oklahoma built an early lead in the fourth frame at 7-5 before a four-point run forced another Aggie timeout. At 15-12, the Sooners used a 7-1 run to take a 22-13 lead. OU scored on three of the next five serves to finish its undefeated weekend.
The Sooners open 2018 conference play next week as they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 19 to face TCU at 7 p.m. CT. Oklahoma returns home on Sept. 21 to host Kansas State at 7 p.m. CT at McCasland Field House. Season and single-match tickets are on sale now.