The New Era of Oklahoma volleyball officially began in 2018 as head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton began her first season at the helm. Under Gray-Walton, the Sooners saw one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in program history. Here's a look at what they accomplished.
The Sooners garnered 17 wins in 2018, finishing 17-11 overall. OU earned 10 more wins than in 2017, good for its fourth-biggest turnaround in program history and best since 2006.
Oklahoma earned a share of third place in the Big 12 this season. Tying for third marks OU’s best Big 12 finish since 2014 and matches its second-best finish all-time.
Alyssa Enneking, Keyton Kinley, Kylee McLaughlin and Paige Anderson were all named to the All-Big 12 Teams, matching a program record for all-conference selections in a season.
Two Sooners earned individual Big 12 season awards as Keyton Kinley was named Libero of the Year and Kylee McLaughlin was named Co-Setter of the Year. This is just the third time in program history that multiple Oklahoma athletes have earned end-of-year awards from the league; it also occurred in 2011 (Sallie McLaurin – Defensive; Carlee Roethlisberger – Newcomer) and 2006 (Eliane Santos – Defensive; Anna Monsen – Co-Libero).
Alyssa Enneking, Keyton Kinley and Kylee McLaughlin were all named to the AVCA All-Southwest Region First Team. Three first-team selections tie a program record for most in a season, also achieved in 2014, and three total regional accolades match OU’s second-highest total all-time.
Keyton Kinley, Brianna Kadiku and Kylee McLaughlin combined to earn five Big 12 weekly honors in 2018. Kinley was named Defensive Player of the Week three times (Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 19), setting a program record for most defensive weekly accolades in a career.
Kylee McLaughlin was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Nov. 13. She is the fourth Sooner in program history to earn a national weekly honor, joining Kierra Holst (Oct. 29, 2014 – espnW), Sallie McLaurin (Sept. 17, 2014 – AVCA) and Caitlin Higgins (Nov. 4, 2008 – AVCA).
Audrey Alford, Madison Drescher, Alyssa Enneking, Morgan Miller, Paige Anderson, Sarah Maras, Kira Morikawa and Sarah Sanders all earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition. Eight selections tie the third-most in OU history.
The Sooners finished in the top-five of six Big 12 statistical standings during conference matches: blocks, digs, opponent hitting percentage, kills, assists and hitting percentage.
Oklahoma held opponents to a .189 hitting percentage this season, ranking first in the Big 12 and 14th nationally among teams from Power Five conferences.
OU ranked 41st nationally with 2.53 blocks per set, good for its best average since 2013 and its third-best in the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present).
The sixth-largest crowd in program history poured into McCasland Field House to watch the Sooners take on Texas on Oct. 13.