Sooners Home for Big 12 Opener Wednesday Night
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team welcomes Kansas State to McCasland Field House for the 2017 Big 12 season opener. The Sooners and the Wildcats take the floor for a 7 p.m. first serve on Wednesday, September 20. Wednesday’s Big 12 opener will be televised by Sooner Sports TV on FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX College Sports-Pacific. Veteran OU broadcaster Chad McKee (play-by-play) and Jen Robinson (color commentary) will be courtside on the call. Additionally, Chris Plank (pbp) will call the match locally on Sportstalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM. Wednesday will be "Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night" at McCasland. All faculty and staff can gain admissino for just $5. There will also be an OU volleyball water bottle giveaway for the first 200 fans in attendance.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma moves on to conference play with a 3-9 overall record after a month of tournament play to open the season. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking has powered the Sooner attack with a 4.19 kills per set average through 12 matches; reaching double figures in kills in 11 of them. She is hitting .260 and is second on the team with 2.53 digs per set. Junior setter Audrey Alford has maneuvered between running a 6-2 and a 5-1 this season and leads the OU offense to the tune of 8.12 assists per match. Freshman defensive specialist Kira Morikawa has been in the libero role for 11 of 12 matches and leads the Sooners with 3.28 digs per set. Junior Morgan Miller has split time between hitting and setting and fills up the box score with 2.08 kills, 5.00 assists and 2.03 digs per set; all of which rank second or third on the OU stat sheet. Oklahoma was predicted to finish eighth in the nine-team Big 12 following a 5-11 conference mark in 2016. Under head coach Santiago Restrepo, the Sooners own an overall record of 119-116 in Big 12 matches since 2004.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kansas State is 7-6 overall after winning two out of three in Omaha this past weekend. The Wildcats are 6-3 away from their home floor, including a 1-2 record in true road games. Outside hitter Kylee Zumach leads the K-State attack with 3.18 kills per set, while outside hitter Bryna Vogel adds 2.57 kills and 2.76 digs per set to go with a .309 attack rate. In the Wildcats’ 6-2 offense, setter Sarah Dixon averages a team-leading 7.56 assists per set.
LAST TIME THEY MET
K-State swept the season series from OU with a 3-1 win in Manhattan late last season. The Sooners won the first, 25-23, before the Wildcats took each of the next three and outhit OU .333-.264 for the match. Zumach led all players with 17 kills, while the Sooners were led by Micaela Spann with 16. Oklahoma’s Kimmy Gardiner hit .360 with 11 kills and 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
ALL-TIME VS. K-STATE
The Sooners hold a significant 53-31-1 advantage over the Wildcats in the all-time series. OU twice defeated a ranked K-State side in 2012 and earned a split in the season series in 2013 and 2014. The Wildcats responded by sweeping the season series in both 2015 and 2016. The first contest between the two programs was a 1-1 tie in Lawrence, Kan. in 1975. The home team has won 10 of the last 14 matchups.
|Next Home Match|
|Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech
October 4 | Norman, Okla.
After playing their next three on the road, the Sooners are back at McCasland to take on the Red Raiders on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. TICKETS
ALL-TOURNAMENT, ALL THE TIME
Against No. 18 USC last Friday, Alyssa Enneking recorded the 500th kill of her career on her way to earning All-Tournament honors at the Maryland Challenge. It marked the fourth All-Tournament award in as many weeks for Enneking as she added to her accolades from the NIKE Invitational, Bobcat Invitational and Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic. Enneking previously earned the first All-Tournament honor of her career at the 2016 Pac-12 Challenge, hosted by USC.
BIG 12 OPENERS
OU opened conference play with a 3-0 loss at No. 8 Kansas (9/21). The Sooners are now 10-11 in Big 12 openers dating back to the league’s inaugural season in 1996. OU’s 2015 loss at Texas Tech snapped a stretch of nine conference-opening wins. Under Restrepo, the Sooners are 9-4 in the first Big 12 match of the season. In home Big 12 openers, OU is 11-8; having won each of its last seven.
Setter Audrey Alford is approaching the 2,000th assist of her Sooner career as she enters Wednesday with 1,977 through 60 career matches. She moved into ninth all-time at OU against Maryland (Sept. 15) as she recorded the 1,910th of her career to pass Jessica Barney (2001-02). Alford is now chasing Julie Chester (2004-07), who dished out 2,794 career assists, for eighth all-time at Oklahoma.