NORMAN, Okla. – The Sooners host Baylor in McCasland Field House at 7:00 pm Saturday night. Admission to the match is FREE.
Saturday’s match will also be “Fan Appreciation Day”. Free stadium cups will be handed out to the first 250 fans in attendance.
The game will be streamed live at SoonerSports.TV.
1. About the Sooners
Oklahoma snapped a three-match losing streak, its longest since 2011, on Wednesday to improve to 19-7 overall and 7-5 in the Big 12. For the season, senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin leads the Sooner attack at 3.69 kills per set and a .439 hitting percentage, which it tops in the league. Defensively, sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo leads the squad with 3.90 digs per set followed by senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez at 3.33. Rodriguez is also third on the team at 2.37 kills per set behind sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst at 2.98.
2. Last Time They Met
Oklahoma made quick work of Baylor, 3-0, on the road; 25-13, 25-13 and 25-19. McLaurin knocked down 13 kills to lead the Sooner attack as she cracked the top ten all-time at OU with her 1,182nd kill. Sophomore setter Julia Doyle dished out 31 assists and picked up six digs. Oklahoma held Baylor to a .010 hitting percentage.
3. All-Time vs. Baylor
The Sooners own the all-time series against the Bears, 34-15. Oklahoma has won eight of the last nine matches dating back to 2008, with Baylor’s lone win during that stretch coming in 2011 in Norman. The Bears won the first two matches of the series in 1976 and 1977, but the Sooners then rattled off the series’ longest winning streak of eight matches from 1979-89.
4. Not Up In Here!
McLaurin took over the top spot in the OU record book for career block assists on at Iowa State on November 9 with the 500th of her career. She has lifted her record total to 505. McLaurin currently ranks third all-time in total blocks with 601 behind Margaret Page (1983-87) and Gloria Holcomb (1990-93) at 640 and 613, respectively.
5. Home Court Advantage
Despite an early season loss to Miami, Oklahoma is 8-2 in home matches this season and improved to 84-37 (.694) at McCasland Field House under Restrepo. The Sooners are averaging 892 in attendance at home dates, topped with 2,128 against No. 1 Texas on November 2. Since the Oklahoma volleyball program took its first serve in 1974, the Sooners have tallied a 296-192 (.606) record on their home court.
6. Tackling the Top 10
In Oklahoma’s sweep over Baylor on October 19, McLaurin moved into the top 10 in kills all-time at Oklahoma. In that match she passed Page and Trenell Carter (1984-87), who had 1,170 and 1,171, respectively. McLaurin’s 1,260 currently ranks her eighth. She trails former teammate Suzy Boulavsky (2008-11) by 71 for seventh.
7. Bouncing Back
This season, Oklahoma, which is 5-2 following a loss, bounced back from its first four losses with 3-1 wins over Portland State, LIU Brooklyn and Kansas State and a 3-2 win over No. 25 Iowa State. OU’s losses to No. 1 Texas and Kansas State on November 2 and 3 marked the first back-to-back losses of the season. The Sooners last lost back-to-back games on November 10 and 14, 2012 with 3-0 defeats to No. 20 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas. The team’s recent three-game losing streak was the longest since losing four in a row in 2011. In 2012, the Sooners were 8-2 when returning to the court after a loss, bouncing back in good form, all but twice.