The University of Oklahoma volleyball team returns home to take on Texas Tech on Wednesday, October 4. The action gets underway inside McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s Big 12 match-up 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.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Oklahoma is 3-13 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 after losing three consecutive conference matches. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking continues to lead the Sooner attack with 4.07 kills per set on a .243 attack rate along with 2.83 digs per set. Madison Drescher is second with 2.70 kills per set on a .139 attack rate. Freshman Sara Maras averages 0.88 blocks per set over the last four matches, along with 1.07 kills. Freshman libero Kira Morikawa remains leading the Sooners back row with 3.02 digs per set. The Sooners are looking for their second win at home since Aug. 26 and their first conference win of the season. OU is 1-3 at home with two losses coming in five sets.
SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech is 12-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12 after losing in five Friday night to No. 18 Iowa State. Katy Kennan pounded a career-high 16 kills on a .433 hitting percentage against the Cyclones. She is second on the team with 0.78 blocks per set. Setter Missy Owens collected career-highs last match with 55 assists and 20 digs and leads the team with 10.98 assists per set. Emily Hill reached double figure kills in seven of her last eight matches averaging a team-high of 3.48 kills per set. As a team, Texas Tech is hitting .246 and holding opponents to a .194 attack rate. The Raiders are 3-3 on the road, winning their last away game (Sept. 16) in three sets against Georgia Southern.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Sooners swept Texas Tech at home on Nov. 12, 2016. The first set featured 17 ties and nine lead changes before OU ultimately claimed it by a score of 27-25. Oklahoma won each of the next two sets with a little more comfort and scores of 25-18 and 25-19. Texas Tech’s Lauren Douglass matched Enneking for the match-high in kills on the night with 12 kills and six blocks. Audrey Alford ended the night collecting 40 assists, six digs and two kills.
ALL-TIME VS. TECH
The Sooners have evened out the all-time series record between the Red Raiders, 36-36. Oklahoma used a 19-match win streak against Texas Tech to bridge the gap. TTU broke OU’s streak with a five-set win in Lubbock in 2015. Under Santiago Restrepo, the Sooners own a 23-3 record; having previously gone a decade between losses.
|Next Home Match|
|Oklahoma vs. Kansas
October 7 | Norman, Okla.
The Sooners host No. 11 Kansas for their first "Fan Appreciation" match of the season this Saturday. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. match following the OU football game.
BY THE NUMBERS: OU VS. TTU
Defensive specialists Rachel Manriquez and Emma Kelly are the only two Sooners to have played against Texas Tech more than twice in their career. In four matches, including three starts at libero, Manriquez has averaged 2.43 digs per set. Kelly picked up nine digs in Oklahoma’s 3-0 win over Tech last November.
SOONER YOUTH MOVEMENT
Oklahoma has regularly started three freshmen this season, including middle blocker Paige Anderson, who has started all 16 matches. Kira Morikawa has earned 13 starts at libero and outside hitter-turned-middle blocker Sarah Maras has started 11 of the Sooners’ last 12 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 40 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 seven so far in 2017. Alford and Morgan Miller, who has added a triple-double, have each recorded three double-doubles through 15 matches.