The University of Oklahoma volleyball team steps out of conference for a mid-week match-up with North Texas on Wednesday, September 27. The Sooners and Mean Green take the floor at 7 p.m. from the North Texas Volleyball Center.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma is 3-11 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12 after dropping its first two conference matches. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads the Sooner attack with 4.17 kills per set on a .256 attack rate to go with 2.83 digs per set. Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher, who has registered 25 and 17 kills in each of the last two matches, is second with 2.80 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 8.57 after dishing out 92 over the last nine sets. Freshman libero Kira Morikawa has started 13 of 14 matches and leads the Sooner back row with 3.29 digs per set.
SCOUTING THE MEAN GREEN
North Texas is 13-2 overall, 7-1 at home and 1-1 in Conference USA. The Mean Green had a program-record 11-match win streak snapped on Friday in a five-set loss at Southern Miss; a team OU defeated in four sets in early September. UNT is hitting .296 as a team and holding opponents to a .174 average. Middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain is hitting .496 with 3.13 kills and 1.06 blocks per set. Setter Karley York is averaging 11.52 assists per set.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Oklahoma vs. North Texas at the 2015 NIKE Invitational in Norman came down to the wire with the Mean Green escaping with a narro15-13 win in the fifth to win the match, 3-2. The Sooners dominated the first set, 25-15. UNT won each of the next two before OU extended the match by winning the fourth, 25-21, in which the Sooners hit .364. Oklahoma erased a six-point deficit in the deciding set until the Mean Green clinched the win. Madison Ward and UNT’s Carnae Dillard tied for the match lead with 22 kills, while Ward hit .304 with 13 digs. Current OU setter Audrey Alford came off the bench in the Sooners’ 6-2 offense and collected 21 assists and three digs.
ALL-TIME VS. UNT
North Texas’ five-set win over Oklahoma in 2015 trimmed the Sooners’ lead in the all-time series to 17-12. The teams first met in 1974 in Denton, where OU leads the series 7-5, for a 2-0 North Texas win. The Sooners hold the longest win streak in the series at nine between 1982 and 1992. Oklahoma has won two of three matches against the Mean Green under head coach Santiago Restrepo, including wins in Denton in 2006 and 2011.
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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 2,069 in her career, is now chasing Julie Chester (2004-07), who dished out 2,794 career assists, for eighth all-time at Oklahoma.
SOONER YOUTH MOVEMENT
Oklahoma has regularly started three freshmen this season, including middle blocker Paige Anderson, who has started all 14 matches. Kira Morikawa has earned 13 starts at libero and outside hitter-turned-middle blocker Sarah Maras has started nine of the Sooners’ last 10 matches. Oklahoma last used three starters in its lineup early in the 2012 season with Julia Doyle, Kierra Holst and Madison Ward in the lineup. That OU trio combined to start 62 matches, including 33 by Doyle, 24 by Holst and five by Ward, who suffered a season-ending injury. The 2017 Sooner freshmen have already combined for 36 starts. OU freshmen did not make a single start in 2016 and Audrey Alford was the only freshman in the lineup in 2015 as she started the final 11 matches of the season at setter.
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 six so far in 2017. Alford and Morgan Miller, who has added a triple-double, have each recorded three double-doubles through 13 matches.