Oklahoma Hosts No. 3 Texas Sunday on ESPN2
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team is a home Saturday against No. 3 Texas. The action gets underway inside McCasland Field House beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday’s match will be aired nationally on ESPN2. Paul Sunderland (play-by-play) and Kevin Barnett (color commentary) will be courtside for the call. The game can also be streamed online and on mobile via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. Veteran OU broadcaster Chris Plank will also call the game locally on Sportstalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
The Sooners, coming off a sweep at TCU on Wednesday night, enter Sunday at 5-15 overall and 2-5 in conference play. The win marked the first time that Oklahoma won a true road game since October 12, 2016 at Texas Tech. In the win, freshman middle blocker Paige Anderson led the Sooners attack to a season-best .376 hitting percentage. She finished the match with a .692 attack rate, nine kills and no errors. Junior setter Audrey Alford has performed well in conference play averaging 10.30 assists per set to along with a .389 hitting percentage. For the season, she is averaging 9.02 assists and 1.91 digs per set. Overall, outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads the team with a 4.07 kills and 2.82 digs per set. Enneking has posted double-digit kill totals in 19 of Oklahoma’s 20 matches this season. Her 297 total kills on the year mark a career-high; besting her 275 total from 2016. Junior Morgan Miller has been splitting her duties between outside hitter and setter; averaging 2.15 kills, 3.79 assists, 1.75 digs and 0.53 blocks per set. Enneking and Miller were two of three Sooners to notch 11 kills in Wednesday’s win. Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher was the third in double figures.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
No. 3 Texas comes to Norman with a 15-2 overall record, which includes a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play. The Longhorns are coming off a road sweep of Texas Tech on Wednesday evening and have won nine in a row. Texas’ two losses have come at the hands of No. 12 Florida and No. 1 Minnesota. Five Longhorns are averaging better than a .300 hitting percentage. The offense is led by Micaya White with 3.47 kills per set to go along with a .292 hitting percentage. Middle blocker Chiaka Ogbodu is hitting a team-best .395 with 2.29 kills and a team-high 1.71 blocks per set. Setter Ashley Shook averages a team high 10.34 assists per set.
LAST TIME THEY MET
No. 2 Texas swept the Sooners, 3-0, in Austin on October 26, 2016 to clinch the season sweep. After dropping a close first set, 25-22, the Longhorns pulled away by winning the next two sets 25-19 and 25-15. The loss marked the third in a row for the Sooners as they dropped to 12-10 overall. Alyssa Enneking posted a team-high 11 kills, while Audrey Alford dished out 30 assists and libero Rachel Manriquez notched a team-leading 14 digs.
PLEDGE FOR A CURE
Sunday will serve as the Sooners’ annual “Pledge for a Cure” match; played in honor of Javi Restrepo. Javi, Santiago Restrepo’s youngest son, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at an early age and had a relapse in 2008. Javi fought the disease after receiving a bone marrow transplant and a liver transplant before passing on July 31, 2009 at the age of four. Pre-match autographs with select OU head coaches will be available in the lobby at McCasland and PFC wristbands will be distributed to the first 500 fans in attendance.
|Next Home Match|
|Oklahoma vs. Baylor
October 28 | Norman, Okla.
The Sooners host Baylor for their second "Fan Appreciation" match of the season next Saturday. Admission is free and doors open at 1 p.m. for a 2 p.m. match prior to the OU football game.
BY THE NUMBERS: OU VS. UT
Audrey Alford has started three games and come off the bench in another against Texas in her career; playing three matches in a 6-2 offense. She has totaled 110 assists, averaging 7.86 per set, including 32 in a four-set home match in 2016. Rachel Manriquez has played four matches, including two starts at libero, against the Longhorns. She has averaged 3.07 digs per set; posting double figures in each match last season.
STUNNING STREAK SNAPPER
The OU volleyball team last picked up a win over a ranked opponent on October 25, 2014; a straight-sets upset of No. 2 Texas in Austin. The Sooners won the match by three identical scores of 26-24 behind 16 kills from Kierra Holst. It was Oklahoma’s first win in Austin since 2008 and snapped the Longhorns’ 34-match home with streak and ended their undefeated season. Since that win, the Sooners have lost 19 consecutive matches to ranked opponents.
Oklahoma is on the road in the midweek with a visit to Kansas on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. The Sooners then return home for a “Fan Appreciation” match with free attendance against Baylor on October 28 at 2 p.m. ahead of the OU football game.