Conference Play Starts in Fort Worth
NORMAN — After four weeks of tournaments, the Oklahoma volleyball team begins conference play this week as it heads to TCU on Wednesday before hosting Kansas State on Friday. Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. CT start.
Wednesday’s contest in Fort Worth, Texas, will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus with live stats on GoFrogs.com.
Last Time Out
After opening the season with three straight road tournaments, the Sooners opened their home slate Sept. 14-15 by sweeping the OU Nike Invitational. OU took down Northwestern State and defeated Texas A&M twice.
Oklahoma opened the tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Northwestern State (25-11, 25-17, 25-15). Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking and sophomore setter Kylee McLaughlin both registered a double-double in the match as Enneking tallied 12 kills and 10 digs while McLaughlin registered 35 assists and 13 digs.
In Friday’s nightcap, the Sooners battled in a dramatic 3-2 win over the Aggies. After taking a lead with a 25-19 win in set one, the Sooners fell behind after dropping set two (25-22) and three (25-19). In the fourth, OU trailed 20-19, but it stunned the Aggies and scored six straight to force a fifth set. Although TAMU earned match point at 14-13, a kill from Sarah Sanders tied it at 14, and an attack error by the Aggies gave OU the advantage. Enneking crushed a huge kill to clinch the Sooner victory with a 16-14 win in set five.
The Aggies and the Sooners met again on Saturday night as OU claimed a 3-1 victory (12-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-15). Enneking earned her third double-double in as many games, collecting a match-high 23 kills and 11 digs. Paige Anderson led both teams with six blocks while Keyton Kinley led the Sooners with 16 digs.
Enneking Closing in on 1,000 Kills
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking owns 965 kills in her collegiate career. She is just 35 kills away from becoming the 14th member of Oklahoma’s 1,000 kill club.
Enneking has set program records for kills twice this season. In the season opener against Xavier, she matched her own school record with 19 kills in a three-set match. Against VCU, Enneking tallied 27 kills, breaking her own record for kills in a four-set match (previously 26 kills).
All-Tournament Accolades Roll In
Six Sooners have combined for nine all-tournament selections in OU’s four tournaments this year. Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking was named MVP at both the NIU Invitational and the OU Nike Invitational, earning her third all-tournament honor at the Seton Hall Classic.
Five sophomores have earned OU’s other tournament accolades this season. Setter Kylee McLaughlin was named to all-tournament teams at the NIU Invitational and the Buffs Invitational. Outside hitter Sarah Maras joined Enneking and McLaughlin on the All-Tournament Team at the NIU Invitational, and outside hitter Sarah Sanders was named to the Seton Hall Classic All-Tournament Team. Middle blocker Paige Anderson and defensive specialist Keyton Kinley were both placed on the OU Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team.
- With eight wins this season, the Sooners have already surpassed their win total for 2017, when they went 7-22.
- Oklahoma opened its 2018 campaign by winning the NIU Invitational Tournament Championship, going undefeated at the event Aug. 24-25 in DeKalb, Ill. The Sooners earned a pair of sweeps against Xavier (25-22, 26-24, 25-20) and DePaul (25-13, 25-15, 25-12) before taking down Northern Illinois 3-1 (25-19, 17-25, 25-15, 25-20).
- In its final match of the Seton Hall Classic, the Sooners earned a straight-set victory over host Seton Hall, 25-22, 25-10, 25-30. The Pirates’ 10 points in the second frame are the fewest the Sooners have allowed in a set, excluding fifth sets, since allowing 10 against Arkansas Pine-Bluff in 2016.
- In its second match of the Buffs Invitational, Oklahoma handed previously undefeated Georgia its first loss of the season. It was the Sooners’ first five-set win of 2018 (25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-13).
- Sophomore Sarah Sanders was named to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team-Detroit in April, training and competing with the team June 22-July 1. Sanders was one of five Sooners who participated in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts March 2-4, joining Audrey Alford, Alyssa Enneking, Sarah Maras and Kylee McLaughlin.
Up Next: Kansas State
The Sooners return to McCasland Field House on Friday as they host Kansas State at 7 p.m. CT. Friday’s match is set to air on SoonerSports.tv for premium subscribers, and live stats will be available through OUStats.com. Fans can receive $5 admission with proof of an OU Football vs. Army ticket, and season and single-match tickets are on sale now.