Texas Tops Oklahoma In Three

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

(12-4, 1-1)
  1 2 3 4 5 F
Oklahoma 18 14 10 - - 0
No. 9 Texas 25 25 25 - - 3
Box Score

(9-3, 2-0)
 Team Statistics
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma
 Kills Rodriguez (9) Eckerman (14)
 Hitting % McLaurin (.333) McNeal (.421)
 Assists Doyle (21) Allison (36)
 Digs Fernanda (9) McNeal (13)
 Blocks Dunn (2) McNeal (9)
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Norman, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma volleyball team fell to No. 9 Texas Saturday night at Gregory Gymnasium in three sets (3-0; 18-25, 14-25. 10-25) . With the loss Oklahoma drops to 12-4 on the year and 1-1 in Big 12 competition.

It is the first loss for the Sooners in six matches, as they had caught wins over No. 19 Kentucky and No. 11 Kansas State before they faced the Longhorns in a streak that began on Sept 7 at the Ameritas Player Invitational.

“Texas is a very talented team – they are a top-10 team – and they showed that tonight,” explained head coach Santiago Restrepo. “They’re blocking ran the match.”

The Longhorns totaled 13.0 blocks to the Sooners three to control the tempo. It is the fourth match of the year that Oklahoma has been out-blocked, and the third that has resulted in a loss.   

Junior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez led the Sooners with nine kills, and added eight digs to her performance against Texas, while senior libero Maria Fernanda totaled nine digs of her own to lead Oklahoma’s back court on the evening. With her performance, Fernanda has led OU in digs each match on the year.

Sallie McLaurin, OU’s middle blocker, totaled a team-high .333 hitting percentage as she successfully struck four of her nine swings with just one error. Freshman Julia Doyle continued to structure the Sooners offense with 21 assists, as the newcomer has led her team in the category since the first match of the 2012 season.

Oklahoma was on the board first, courtesy of a Tara Dunn attack, and maintained the lead until Texas tied the set, 3-3. The Sooners captured the lead just once more when a successful strike from Rodriguez gave the team a 4-3 advantage early in the set. The Longhorns put together an 8-0 run to go up 14-5, and gain a lead it wouldn’t drop the remainder of the stanza. OU added points sporadically throughout the middle of the set, but was unable to close the gap.  A Holst kill held off the Longhorns’ set-point at 18-24, but it wasn’t enough as UT quickly secured the first set, 25-18.

Both teams traded points to begin the second set, until Texas went on to score seven straight points and take a 9-2 lead. A block from Dunn and Whitley cut the Longhorns lead to 10-5, but it couldn’t sway the Sooners momentum as UT put together a 4-0 run to widen the gap, 14-5. Dunn, McLaurin and Rodriguez quickly added points for OU to cut Texas’ lead, 20-10. It wasn’t enough however, as the Longhorns secured the 2-0 match lead, with a 25-14 performance to close out the second set.

Texas jumped ahead 2-0 to begin the third stanza until a block from Dunn evened it out, 2-2. Six straight points from the Longhorns put the team up 8-2 over the Sooners, and provide a momentum swing that they would maintain the rest of the match. Back-to-back kills from Rodriguez put OU on the board to make it 16-8, but it was a 5-0 score run that closed out the set, 25-10, to give Texas the victory.

Oklahoma has a mid-week bye before welcoming new Big 12 member, West Virginia, to Norman next Saturday. First serve is set for 7 p.m. CT at McCasland Field House. Live stats will be available for the match via GameTracker, and a tape-delayed broadcast will be aired the same night at 10:30 p.m. CT on FS Oklahoma+.

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