The University of Oklahoma volleyball team hosts its second “Fan Appreciation” match of the season with free admission this Saturday. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the action gets underway at 2 against Baylor ahead of the OU football game. Saturday’s match will be streamed on SoonerSports.tv and available with a premium subscription. Fans are also able to track the match live on Twitter by following @OU_Volleyball or check live stats at OUstats.com.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma is 5-17 overall and 2-7 in the Big 12 conference after a pair of hard fought matches against No. 3 Texas and a near upset at No. 11 Kansas. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads the Sooners attack with 4.07 kills per set and leads the defense with 2.99 digs per set. She recorded her 12th double-double of the year against the Jayhawks on Wednesday with a match-leading 22 kills and 16 digs. In nine of the last 11 matches, junior outside hitter Madison Drescher has joined Enneking with double digit kill totals. She is averaging 2.91 per set on the season, which ranks second on the team. Junior setter Audrey Alford has lifted her assists per set average to 9.11 since the Sooners returned to running a 5-1 offense. Against the Jayhawks on Wednesday she dished out a season-high 52 for her 10th career match with 50 assists or more. In back-to-back Wednesday matches, freshman middle blocker Paige Anderson has bested her season-high in kills. After nine kill at TCU (Oct. 18), she followed with 13 against Kansas. For the season, Anderson is averaging 1.59 kills and 0.80 blocks per set.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
No. 24 Baylor improved to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big 12 with a sweep of Texas Tech on Wednesday to bounce back from a sweep at the hands of Kansas. Katie Staiger is the Bears top offensive weapon at 4.27 kills per set to go with 2.75 digs per set. Shelly Fanning is hitting a team-high .393 for a Baylor lineup that hits a collective .271. She is averaging 2.82 kills and a team-high 1.02 blocks per set. Setter Hannah Lockin guides the BU attack to the tune of 11.1 assists per set. Libero Jana Brusek averages a team-leading 3.94 digs per set. The Bears are 5-2 in road matches, including a 4-1 mark in conference play, including a win at No. 20 Iowa State (Oct. 4). Three of their five losses have come to ranked opponents, while they have picked up two wins over ranked teams; beginning with No. 10 BYU (Sept. 9) in Hawaii.
LAST TIME THEY MET
In its first conference road match of the season, Oklahoma took a four-set loss at Baylor on September 30. The Bears dominated the first set, 25-10, before the Sooners pulled even with a 25-19 win in the second. Baylor pulled out the next two by scores of 25-14 and 25-23 to claim the match. Alyssa Enneking and Katie Staiger tied for the high in kills on the day with 16. Hannah Lockin dished out 49 assists as the BU attack hit .272.
ALL-TIME VS. BAYLOR
The Sooners own the all-time series against the Bears, 39-18. Oklahoma has won 13 of the last 17 matches dating back to 2008, winning eight straight against Baylor from 2012 until last season. 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, which would later be equaled by OU from 2012-15.
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THREE RANKED OPPONENTS IN A ROW
Saturday’s match-up against No. 24 Baylor marks the third consecutive match against a ranked opponent for Oklahoma. This season marks the second year in a row that Oklahoma has faced three ranked opponents in a row. In 2016, the Sooners played No. 5 Washington, No. 8 Kansas and No. 4 Texas in back-to-back-to-back matches over a span of 11 days. In Santiago Restrepo’s tenure, OU has faced three ranked opponents in a row on six occasions, including a five-match stretch in 2009, which was shortly followed by a three-match stretch.
TOP-10 BIG 12 HITTERS
Junior outside hitters Alyssa Enneking and Madison Drescher are the top ranked duo of attackers in Big 12 matches this season. They make up one of just two pairs of teammates in the league that rank in the Top-10 in kills per set in conference-only matches. Enneking, whose 147 kills leads the Big 12, ranks first in the league with 4.08 and Drescher is seventh at 3.47 kills per set to combine for a 7.55 average. Baylor’s Katie Staiger (2nd, 4.07) and Yossiana Pressley (9th, 3.43) are the second ranked hitting duo in the league; averaging 7.00.