OU Earns First Big 12 Road Win in Ames
AMES, Iowa – The Oklahoma volleyball team earned its first conference road win of the season on Wednesday night, taking down Iowa State 3-1 inside Hilton Coliseum.
After the Cyclones won the first set 25-16, Oklahoma responded with 26-24, 25-19 and 25-20 victories in the next three sets.
“I think we learned a lot about ourselves in terms of what it takes to go in someone's house and win on the road,” OU head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said. “Sometimes it's not always going to be a beautiful box score match, but you’ve got to win ugly at times and grind out points. We definitely responded after the way we got smacked a little bit in the first. It was a lot of our errors, so we knew it was a controllable. To see the team respond was amazing – credit to them on a great job.”
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking and sophomore setter Kylee McLaughlin both earned double-doubles in the match. Enneking registered her third straight double-double with a team-high 10 kills to go with 13 digs, and McLaughlin led the team with 37 assists and added 21 digs.
The Sooners out-blocked the Cyclones 16.0-10.0, paced by middle blockers Paige Anderson and Brianna Kadiku and outside hitter Sarah Sanders. Anderson and Kadiku both tallied seven block assists while Sanders had one solo block and six assists.
The Cyclones came out strong, opening the match with a 25-16 victory in set one. The Sooners bounced back with a 26-24 win in the second frame. OU used a 4-0 run to take an early 11-8 lead, but ISU came out of its own timeout with a five-point run to go on top, 13-11.
Just a few points later, however, the Sooners used their own 5-0 run to build an 18-15 advantage before earning set point at 24-20. Although the Cyclones would score four straight to tie it at 24-24, a kill from Paige Anderson and an ace by Alyssa Enneking sealed OU’s set win.
The Sooners rolled to a 25-19 win in the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Holding a 15-12 lead halfway through the frame, Oklahoma used a 5-0 run to establish an eight-point advantage. The Cyclones used a pair of three-point runs and came within five at 23-18, but the Sooners closed it out as Brianna Kadiku registered a kill and combined with McLaughlin on a block.
Oklahoma clinched the victory with a 25-20 win in set four. The Sooners never trailed in the frame, jumping out to an early 8-3 lead. After a three-point run put OU up 13-7, Iowa State was forced to burn its second timeout of the set.
The Cyclones got within one at 18-17, but the Sooners regained the momentum with a 3-0 run that included kills from Sarah Sanders and Kadiku. A kill from Enneking and a block by Anderson and Sanders sealed OU’s road win.
Up next, the Sooners return home next week to host a pair of conference matches. OU welcomes RV Texas Tech on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. CT before hosting No. 4 Texas on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are on sale now.