"It's always great to win on the road in the Big 12," explained head coach Santiago Restrepo. "That's a very key moment in our season right now. It's good to get the first road win in conference play this year."
The win improves Oklahoma to 14-5 on the year and 3-1 in Big 12 competition, while TCU drops to 13-5 overall, and 2-3 in conference action.
"Today was big for our team," said Restrepo. "It's important to bounce back from last week's loss at home to Wichita State and play extremely well as a team in that short amount of turnaround."
"It was good to see how the girls were enjoying every point, cheering and having a lot of fun out on the court today."
Freshman Julia Doyle pinned her second double-double in as many matches, and sixth of her freshman campaign after she led the team with 30 assists and totaled 10 digs. The freshman setter also notched two service aces - a team-high alongside fellow teammate Grace Whitley - three block assists, and four kills off of seven swings with no errors to hit .571 against the Horned Frogs.
"Julia is going to have to perform like that day in and day out," Restrepo said of his setter's performance. "I thought she did a very good job, setting to the key players for us. We had mentioned to her before today that she needed to set a lot more to Morgan Reynolds and Sallie McLaurin, and it started to click later in the match for her."
Senior outside hitter Morgan Reynolds led the Sooners offensively with 12 kills on the afternoon. With her efforts, Reynolds successfully struck 24 of her 12 hits with just two errors to hit .471 versus TCU - her best output this season in conference action.
Fellow outside hitter Keila Rodriguez had a stellar performance after the junior totaled a personal-best 19 digs to lead the team in the respective category for the third time both this season, and of her career. Alongside her defensive efforts, Rodriguez also added eight kills and two total blocks (1BS-1BA) to help lift OU to the victory.
"Keila was very good and effective today," remarked Restrepo. "Defensively she played great, 19 digs for her is an accomplishment and extremely good for her defensive play."
Sallie McLaurin led Oklahoma in blocks for the 14th time this season after she totaled six - all block assists - against TCU. The junior middle blocker also helped the Sooners offensive efforts after she pinned down nine of her 16 attempts, with zero errors, to record her sixth .500-or-better hitting performance of the season.
Once it put the first point on the board in the opening set, Oklahoma never dropped the lead. The Sooners jumped ahead 11-6 early to force a TCU timeout, and while the Horned Frogs used the pause-in-game to their advantage and cut the OU lead at 11-9, it wasn't enough. OU strung together three-straight points, secured by a block solo from Reynolds to put the match at 24-16 and serve for match point. TCU held off Oklahoma's first set victory four times, until an attack error by Yvonne Igodan secured the set, 25-20 in favor of the Sooners.
A 4-0 run began the second set for the Oklahoma, but TCU would battle back to cut their lead in half, 9-5 just minutes later. Both teams traded points in the middle of the set until Oklahoma strung together four unanswered points sparked by a kill from Reynolds, to maintain the lead at 18-11. The Horned Frogs attempted to halt the Sooners momentum late in the set with a pair of points to make it 21-19 - their smallest deficit of the second stanza - but it wasn't enough to stop the Crimson and Cream. A solo block from Rodriguez solidified the second set, 25-20, and 2-0 match lead.
TCU took its first lead of the match, 7-6 in the third set. Oklahoma would tie-it-up just one point later, but it was the Horned Frogs who would pull away with the lead, 9-7. The Horned Frogs would continue to hold the lead until an ace from Fernanda tied the set 12-12, The two teams would go on to tie the match up six more times until a TCU timeout paused the game at 22-22. Both teams traded points to tie the set yet again at 23-23, but back-to-back Sooner points thanks to a kill from Whitley and block from Reynolds secured the third set and match sweep at 25-23.
Oklahoma returns home next week for a two-match home stand against Kansas and Baylor. The Sooners will take on the Jayhawks Wednesday, with the Bears scheduled on Friday. First serve is set for 7 p.m. for both matches.
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