Sooners Knock Off No. 25 BYU in Five

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 07, 2013
  1 2 3 4
 Oklahoma (5-1) 20 26 25 25
 Portland State (2-4) 25 24 21 19
  1 2 3 4 5
 Oklahoma (6-1) 22 14 25 25 15
 No. 25 BYU (4-3) 25 25 23 22 12
Team Stats (Match One)
Portland State

Match Leaders vs. Portland State
Leader, Team
Kills Kierra Holst, OU 19
Assists Julia Doyle, OU 44
Digs Kasimira Clark, PSU 20
Blocks Micaela Spann, OU 5
Team Stats (Match Two)

Match Leaders vs. BYU
Leader, Team
Kills Tambre Haddock, BYU 24
Assists Camry Godfrey 69
Digs Keila Rodriguez, OU
Ciara Parker, BYU
Tia Welling, BYU
Blocks Sallie McLaurin, OU 8

PORTLAND, Ore. – Down two sets to none, the University of Oklahoma volleyball team stormed back to win each of the next three sets and take a 3-2 win over No. 25 BYU in the PSU Tournament. The Sooners improved to 6-1 on the season, while the Cougars fell to 4-3.

Senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) netted a team-high 21 kills, the third of which went down as the 1,000th of her career. She hit an astounding .677 for the match to go with eight blocks.

The win was the first win for OU over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 Kansas State in the regular season finale on November 24, 2012. The Sooners also avenged a 3-0 loss to BYU in the NCAA Second Round in Provo, Utah on December 1, 2012.

BYU won the first set, 25-22, and dominated the second 25-14. The Sooners battled back with a 25-23 win in the third and 25-22 in the fourth to force a decisive fifth set. In the fifth, Oklahoma hit a collective .360 as a team. McLaurin posted four kills in the set and hit .667, while match-point was won on a solo block by redshirt-freshman Madison Ward (Lawton, Okla.).

Senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez (Gurabo, Puerto Rico) recorded the first double-double of the season by a Sooner with a team-high 23 digs and 13 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) was the only other OU player in double figures with 11 kills, while sophomore Taylor Migliazzo (Kansas City, Mo.) added 12 digs.

The Cougars were led by Tambre Haddock and Alexa Gray with 24 and 22 kills, respectively. Ciara Parker and Tia Welling each picked up 23 digs.

Camry Godfrey dished out a match-high 69 assists in the loss, while sophomore Julia Doyle (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior Kaitlyn Drawe (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) split time at setter and notched 36 and 15, respectively, in the win.

The Sooners return to action Friday, September 13 against Alabama A&M at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational, hosted by Missouri State.


Oklahoma 3, Portland State 1

The University of Oklahoma volleyball team registered a 3-1 win over host Portland State at the PSU Tournament, Saturday afternoon. The Sooners improved to 5-1 on the season after losing the first set and running off wins in each of the next three. The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-1.

Portland State won the first 25-20, but was edged out in the second by OU, 26-24. The Sooners took the final two sets 25-21 and 25-19.

Sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst (Coppell, Texas) led the way with a match- and season-high 19 kills, while hitting .318 for Oklahoma. Freshman outside hitter Jody Larson (Wichita, Kan.) added 12 kills and senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (Midwest City, Okla.) chipped in with 11. McLaurin lifted her career total to 997; knocking on the door of her 1,000th career kill.

Kaeli Patton netted a team-high 17 kills for the Vikings, followed by Aubrey Mitchell with 12.

Sophomore setter Julia Doyle (Plymouth, Minn.) collected 44 assists for OU, while PSU was led by Garyn Schlatter’s 39. Sophomore Taylor Migliazzo (Kansas City, Mo.) totaled a career-high 19 to lead the Sooners. Kasimira Clark notched a match-high 20 for the Vikings.

Oklahoma is in action against tonight as it wraps up against No. 25 BYU at 7:00 pm CT. The two teams last took the court together in the NCAA Second Round on December 1, 2012 in Provo, Utah; a 3-0 win for the Cougars.



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