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Volleyball beats LIU to Wrap Nike Invite
September 21, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma volleyball team defeated LIU Brooklyn, 3-1, in its final game of the NIKE Invitational. The Sooners now sport a record of 12-2 as they head into conference play against Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

The Sooners got off to a slow start in set one as LIU jumped out to a quick 14-7 lead. Led by sophomore Julia Doyle’s 14 assists, the Sooners came storming back. They ended the set on an 18-4 run to win by a score of 25-18.

It was the same story in set two as the Sooners faced deficits of 10-5, 15-10, and 20-17 before taking the set 27-25. Sophomore Kierra Holst finished the second set with six of her 11 kills to lead another impressive comeback. Tied at 25-25, OU got kills from freshmen Jody Larson and Micaela Spann, respectively, to move ahead 2-0.

Long Island pulled within 2-1 as the Blackbirds captured the third set. Long Island built a 16-9 lead before they stymied the Sooners’ latest comeback attempt, winning the set 25-23. Sophomore Taylor Migliazzo doubled her digs total to 24 and Spann added an impressive block before the rally fell short. McLaurin added 5 more kills in the frame.

“The bottom line is that we have to get off to a better start,” OU head coach Santiago Restrepo said. “We need to do that instead of digging ourselves a hole and getting down four or five points.”

The Sooners finally exorcised their slow starts and held a commanding lead throughout the fourth set before winning 25-16. A service ace by Lauren English brought the lead to 22-11 before the Sooners finished off LIU. Larson, McLaurin, senior Keila Rodriguez, and Holst all reached double digit kills. Larson led the team with 15.

The Sooners continue their home stand at McCasland Fieldhouse against Texas Tech at 7:00pm Wednesday night. They travel to Austin, Texas, on Saturday to face the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry.

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