The University of Oklahoma volleyball team is back on the road as Big 12 play rolls on at Iowa State this weekend. The Sooners and the Cyclones hit the floor at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, September 23 for a 4 p.m. first serve.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma is 3-10 overall after dropping its conference opener to Kansas State in five sets on Wednesday. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads the Sooner attack with 4.08 kills per set on a .257 attack rate to go with 2.69 digs per set. Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher, coming off a career-high 25 kill on a .400 hitting percentage vs. the Wildcats, is second with 2.67 kills per set. Junior setter Audrey Alford has served as OU’s primary setter in its 5-1 offense over the last few weeks and has lifted her assists per set average to 8.37 after dishing out 50 on Wednesday night. Freshman libero Kira Morikawa has started 12 of 13 matches and leads the Sooner back row with 3.29 digs per set.
SCOUTING THE CYCLONES
Iowa State is 9-1 overall and comes into their Big 12 opener on a two-game winning streak, including a five-set win over No. 8 Creighton at home. The Cyclones are 3-1 on their home floor this season. Outside Hitter Samara West leads the Cyclone attack with 2.71 kills per set and a .317 attack rate. Outside hitter Jess Schaben comes in averaging 2.70 kills and 2.78 digs per set. Libero Hali Hillegas leads the Big 12 with 5.51 digs per set.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Iowa State swept the season finale against the Sooners by scores of 19-25, 22-25, and 14-25. The Cyclones outhit the Sooners .441-.277. Alford dished a 35 assists in the three-set loss. Iowa State’s Schaben had a team-high 12 kills on a .333 attack rate, while West hit .600 with nine kills and no errors.
ALL-TIME VS. IOWA STATE
Despite falling in each of the last seven match-ups, Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Iowa State, 44-35. The Sooners last won on October 5, 2013. It was a five-set Oklahoma win over the No. 25 Cyclones. Keila Rodriguez led all players with 19 kills in the win.
|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
Setter Audrey Alford recorded the 2,000th assist of her Sooner career against Kansas State (Sept. 20). 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, who reached the 2,000-assist mark in her 61st match and now has 2,027 in her career, is now chasing Julie Chester (2004-07), who dished out 2,794 career assists, for eighth all-time at Oklahoma.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Oklahoma has had an All-American middle blocker every year since 2011 in Sallie McLaurin (2011, ‘12, ‘13) and Marion Hazelwood (2014, ‘15, ‘16). Hazelwood, an early enrollee in the spring of 2014, graduated in just seven semesters and transferred to finish her collegiate career at Washington. The Sooners also move on without four-year starter Micaela Spann, who graduated after earning All-Big 12 Second Team in 2016. As a team, Oklahoma returned just four starts at middle blocker for 2017, including two starts by Leslie Atherton and two by outside hitter Madison Drescher in 2016. Paige Anderson has been a consistent starter at middle blocker as a freshman in all 13 matches and averaging 0.84 blocks per set. Fellow freshman Sarah Maras moved from outside hitter to middle blocker early in the season and is averaging 0.85 blocks per set.
Five Sooners combined for 28 double-doubles in 2016 and exactly half of those double-doubles return for 2017. Audrey Alford and Alyssa Enneking each collected seven double-doubles a year ago. Alford picked up her first of 2017 with a 23-assist, 11-dig effort in the first match of the season. Enneking leads the team with five so far in 2017. Alford and Morgan Miller, who has added a triple-double, have each recorded three double-doubles through 13 matches.