The University of Oklahoma volleyball team is back in action at home Saturday, November 4 against West Virginia. The Sooners and Mountaineers take the floor at McCasland Field House beginning at 7 p.m. 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 enters Saturday at 5-18 overall and 2-8 in the Big 12 conference after being swept by No.24 Baylor at home on Saturday. The Sooners are coming off a stretch of three consecutive matches against opponents ranked in the AVCA Top-25. Prior to last week’s matchup with the Bears, OU took No. 11 Kansas (Oct. 25) to five on the road and won the first set against No. 3 Texas (Oct. 22) at home. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking continues to lead the Sooners’ attack with 4.06 kills per set and leads the defense with 3.00 digs per set. She recorded her 13th double-double of the year against the Bears after chipping in 11 kills and 10 digs. Junior setter Audrey Alford leads the Sooners in assists with 9.09 per set. Against the Bears last Saturday, Alford had 26 assists and seven digs. Junior outside hitter Morgan Miller registered a team-high 11 digs for Oklahoma to go with eight kills against the Bears. Miller is third on the team with 2.09 kills and second with 3.25 assists per set. Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher registered nine kills against Baylor on a .294 attack rate. For the season, Drescher is averaging 2.91 per set.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia improved to 15-9 overall and are 3-7 in the Big 12 conference. The Mountaineers ended a short two-match losing streak after sweeping Robert Morris Tuesday to cap off their final non-conference match of the season. Payton Caffrey is the Mountaineers’ top offensive weapon at 3.23 kills to go with 2.41 digs per set. Freshman middle blocker Briana Lynch had a career-high of 10 kills, hitting .769 for a team-best mark against the Colonials. Setter Erin Slinde averages a team-leading 9.86 assists per set. She assisted on 29 of the team’s 41 kills on Tuesday’s match. Senior libero Gianna Gotterba leads the defense in digs with 3.53 per set after reordering seven against RMU. The Mountaineers are 3-6 in road matches and are 0-5 in road games in the Big 12 conference.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Oklahoma took a four-set loss at West Virginia on October 13, marking the first time the Mountaineers have defeated the Sooners in program history. The Sooners won the first before the Mountaineers stormed back to win each of the next three and claim the match. Oklahoma won the first, 25-18. West Virginia won three in a row by scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 25-16.
ALL-TIME VS. WVU
The Sooners own the all-time series against the Mountaineers, 11-1. The Sooners first met the Mountaineers for their first match in 1999 and have held an 11-0 advantage from that day forward until the Mountaineers defeated OU for the first time in program history on October 13. Oklahoma has swept six of the 11 conference matches against West Virginia after WVU joined the Big 12 Conference in 2012. In the first league game between the two schools, OU won at home in four sets behind 13 kills on a .500 attack rate and seven blocks from Sallie McLaurin.
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BY THE NUMBERS: OU VS. WVU
Alyssa Enneking has played in four matches, including three starts, against the Mountaineers in her career. She has dominated both sides of the ball by averaging 4.08 kills and 4.00 digs per set. Last season, she posted a career-high 28 digs to go with 16 kills in a four-set win to help OU claim the season sweep. In five starts, Audrey Alford has averaged 10.18 assists per set against West Virginia. She has notched a double-double in each of the last two matches with WVU and dished out a series-best 44 assists in the second of two in Morgantown last year.
Over the last six matches, Madison Drescher is averaging 3.38 kills per set; reaching double figures in five of seven. She began that stretch with a 13-kill effort by hitting .312 in a sweep of Texas Tech (Oct. 4). Against No. 3 Texas (Oct. 22), Drescher began the match with 10 kills on her first 10 swings and finished the day with 17 kills. She added 17 kills on a .316 hitting percentage against No. 11 Kansas (Oct. 25).
BIG 12 HITTING DUOS
Junior outside hitters Alyssa Enneking and Madison Drescher are the second 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 158 kills leads the Big 12, ranks second in the league with 4.05 and Drescher is eighth at 3.44 kills per set to combine for a 7.49 average. Baylor’s Katie Staiger (2nd, 4.07) and Yossiana Pressley (3rd, 3.74) are the top ranked hitting duo in the league; averaging 7.81.