OU Welcomes Kansas Wednesday Night

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
Sept. 26 | 8 p.m. CT | Norman | McCasland Field House
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NORMAN — The Oklahoma volleyball team concludes a two-match homestand on Wednesday, hosting Big 12 foe Kansas at 8 p.m. CT inside McCasland Field House. 

The conference match is scheduled to air on ESPNU, marking the fourth year in a row that ESPN has selected Norman as the site for one if its nationally telecast Big 12 volleyball matches. Additionally, Wednesday’s match will be broadcast by Sportstalk 1400 AM, and live stats will be available via OUStats.com. 

MATCH DAY STORYLINES

Last Time Out

The Sooners split their first week of Big 12 play, falling to TCU before taking down Kansas State. OU dropped a three-set match to TCU on Wednesday, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20. Overall, the Sooners led the Horned Frogs in hitting percentage, .315-.276. Additionally, OU totaled 44 kills, just one shy of TCU’s 45.

Oklahoma bounced back with a Friday sweep of RV Kansas State, which was coming off a narrow five-set loss to then-No. 5 Texas on Wednesday. The Sooners took down the Wildcats with 25-19 victories in sets one and two before sealing it with a 25-21 win in set three.

OU out-hit KSU, totaling 51 kills to K-State’s 37, while averaging a .309 hitting percentage and holding its opponent to .189. The Sooners also edged the Wildcats in digs (56-49), blocks (9.0-5.0) and assists (45-34).

Sophomore middle blocker Paige Anderson registered a career-high 16 kills in the contest, leading all players. She added a match-high six blocks for 19.0 total points. Classmate Kylee McLaughlin led the match with 41 assists while fellow sophomore Keyton Kinley paced the contest with 23 digs. Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking tallied her eighth double-double of the year with 13 kills and 13 digs.

Enneking Closing in on 1,000 Kills 

Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking owns 990 kills in her collegiate career, just 10 kills away from becoming the 14th member of Oklahoma’s 1,000 kill club. She has recorded at least 10 kills in 13 of OU’s 14 matches this season.

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).

New Faces, Immediate Impact

Seven of the 16 members of OU’s roster are wearing the Crimson and Cream for the first time this season. The Sooners welcomed four transfers this season in Brianna Kadiku (middle blocker, Memphis), Keyton Kinley (defensive specialist, Tennessee), Kylee McLaughlin (setter, Oregon State) and Haley Sanchez (defensive specialist, Bakersfield College). Additionally, OU signed three freshmen for the 2018 campaign: defensive specialist Aysia Harty (McKinney, Texas) and outside hitters Sabrina Simms (Argyle, Texas) and Olga Zampati (Athens, Greece).

Kadiku, Kinley and McLaughlin have started in all 14 of OU’s matches so far in 2018. Harty has played in each of the Sooners’ 52 sets, earning her first start against Pittsburgh and another at TCU.

Kadiku ranks second on the team with .90 blocks per set and third with 2.10 kills per set. Kinley has served as OU’s libero in each contest in 2018, leading the Sooners with 4.48 digs per set, ranking second in the Big 12. The Sooners’ starting setter, McLaughlin is averaging a team-best 10.77 assists per set and ranks first in the conference with 560 total assists.

Home Sweet Home

The Sooners are currently undefeated at McCasland Field House. With four home wins this season, Oklahoma already has more victories in Norman than in 2017 (3-8 at home). Additionally, OU’s 4-0 start is its best home start since 2014, when the Sooners won their first nine home matches.

Previewing Kansas 

Although the Sooners lead Kansas in the all-time series 48-39 (25-15 in Norman), the Jayhawks have won the last seven meetings. KU enters Wednesday’s match 8-4 after defeating TCU 3-1 in its Big 12 opener on Sept. 22.

Jada Burse and Ashley Smith lead the KU offense with 2.96 and 2.74 kills per set, respectively, while setters Camryn Ennis and Gabby Simpson have averaged 6.59 and 3.33 assists per set, respectively. Zoe Hill paces the Jayhawks with 1.36 blocks per set, and Lacey Angello and Allie Nelson lead the team with 3.18 and 2.82 digs per set, respecitvely.

Up Next: Baylor

The Sooners hit the road on Friday, traveling to Waco, Texas, to take on Baylor at 8 p.m. The match is scheduled to be aried on ESPNU. 

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