Three-Match Homestand Begins Wednesday
NORMAN — The Oklahoma volleyball team kicks off a three-match homestand this week as it welcomes RV Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT inside McCasland Field House.
Wednesday's match is set to be aired on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Additionally, it can be heard on the air through Sportstalk 1400 AM in Norman.
MATCH DAY STORYLINES
Wednesday will be the Sooners' Pink Night. Fans arriving in pink can purchase $5 GA tickets. Additionally, there will be pink T-shirts for the first 200 fans.
Last Time Out
The Sooners earned their first conference road win of the season on Oct. 3, taking down Iowa State 3-1 in Ames, Iowa. After the Cyclones won the first set 25-16, Oklahoma responded with 26-24, 25-19 and 25-20 victories in the next three frames.
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.
Newcomers Make Early 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 17 of OU’s matches so far in 2018. Harty has played in each of the Sooners’ 65 sets, earning her first start against Pittsburgh and another at TCU.
Kadiku ranks second on the team with .88 blocks per set and third with 1.94 kills per set.
Kinley has served as OU’s libero in each contest in 2018, leading the Sooners with 4.60 digs per set, ranking second in the Big 12. Additionally, Kinley’s 5.58 digs per set in conference play lead the Big 12.
The Sooners’ starting setter, McLaughlin is averaging a team-best 10.49 assists per set and ranks second in the conference with 682 total assists.
Previewing Texas Tech
The Sooners own a 37-35 advantage over the Red Raiders all-time, including a 20-13 record in Norman. Additionally, Oklahoma has won the past five meetings and 24 of the last 25. Currently receiving votes in the latest AVCA poll, Texas Tech is currently 15-4 with a 4-1 mark in Big 12 play after most recently dropping a 3-1 contest at TCU.
Emily Hill leads the Red Raiders with 3.16 kills per set while setter Missy Owens has averaged 10.20 assists per set. Defensively, libero Emerson Solano paces Tech with 4.16 digs per set while Katy Keenan and Allison White hold 1.25 and 1.13 blocks per set, respectively.
- Six Sooners combined for nine all-tournament honors in OU’s four tournaments this season. Senior Alyssa Enneking led the way with three total honors.
- With a 3-1 victory over Texas A&M on Sept. 15, the Sooners earned their eighth victory of the season to surpass their win total from 2017, when OU 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 their 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).
Up Next: No. 4 Texas
The Sooners’ homestand continues on Saturday as they host No. 4 Texas at 7 p.m. CT inside McCasland. Tickets are on sale now.