The University of Oklahoma volleyball team hits the road this weekend for a match at Kansas State on Saturday, November 18. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from Ahearn Field House. Saturday night’s match will be streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app for mobile devices. Mitch Fortner (play-by-play) and Liz Wegner-Busch (color commentary) will be courtside for the call.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Following its first loss of the month to No. 23 Iowa State on Wednesday night, the Sooners head to Manhattan at 7-19 overall and 4-9 in the Big 12. Oklahoma remains in fifth in the conference standings; tied with West Virginia, which OU split the season series with. On the road in league play, the Sooners are 2-4 this season with a sweep at TCU (Oct. 18) and a four-set win at Texas Tech (Nov. 8). Junior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking leads OU with 4.10 kills and 3.00 digs per set. She has recorded a double-double in six consecutive matches after a 13-kill, 13- dig effort against ISU (Nov. 15). Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher is second on the team with 2.96 kills per set. In the last three matches, junior setter Audrey Alford has notched a double-double, including two matches of 50-plus assists. For the season, she is averaging 9.41 assists and 2.00 digs per set.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kansas State is 9-18 overall and 2-12 in the Big 12, while on a nine-match losing streak. The Wildcats defeated Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener and last won against Texas Tech (Oct. 7). Kylee Zumach leads the K-State attack with 2.98 kills per set. Bryna Vogel is second on the team in both kills and digs with 2.42 and 3.10 per set. Splitting the setting duties in Kansas State’s 6-2 offense, Sarah Dixon dishes out a team-high 6.38 assists to go with 2.10 digs per set, while Brooke Smith averages 4.71 assists.
LAST TIME THEY MET
In the first Big 12 match of the season, Oklahoma won the first set, 25-19. Kansas State took each of the next two, but the Sooners dominated the fourth to force a deciding fifth set, which the Wildcats won, 15-8. Madison Drescher bested her career-high in kills with a match-leading 25 on a .400 attack rate. Alyssa Shultejans led K-State with 12 kills. Sarah Dixon posted a double-double with 30 assists and 11 digs.
ALL-TIME VS. K-STATE
The Sooners hold a significant 53-32-1 advantage over the Wildcats in the all-time series. The two sides split the season series in 2013 and 2014, but Kansas State has swept the season series in the last two years and has won five in a row over Oklahoma. The first match of the series was a 1-1 tie in Lawrence, Kan. in 1975. Since the formation of the Big 12, K-State leads the series 27-16, including a 14-match win streak from 1999-2005. OU is seeking its first win in Manhattan since 2012.
|Next Home Match|
|Oklahoma vs. TCU
Nov. 25 | Norman, Okla.
In its season finale, Oklahoma plays TCU at McCasland Field House on November 25. The match's start time is still TBD due to OU football's start time against West Virginia yet to be determined on that date. Admission will be free as OU honors seniors Emma Kelly and Leslie Atherton.
ENNEKING CLIMBS THE KILL CHART
Alyssa Enneking enters Wednesday with 398 kills on the season. She currently ranks fifth in kills in a single season during the 25-point, rally-scoring era (2008-pres.). Since 2001, Enneking’s 398 kills this season are the 10th most by a Sooner. Kierra Holst holds the Sooner record for kills in a single season during the current era with 450 in 2014. Enneking’s 14-kill effort against West Virginia (Nov. 4) moved her from sixth to fifth past Holst’s 346 kills in 2013. She is now chasing Suzy Boulavsky’s 407 kills in 2011 for fourth and is just 52 back of Holst’s record.
Over the last nine matches, Madison Drescher is averaging 3.34 kills per set; reaching double figures in seven of 10. She began that stretch with a 13-kill effort by hitting .312 in a sweep of Texas Tech (Oct. 4). Against No. 3 Texas (Oct. 22), Drescher began the match with 10 kills on her first 10 swings and finished the day with 17 kills. She added 17 kills on a .316 hitting percentage against No. 11 Kansas (Oct. 25).
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 2,462 in her career, is now chasing Julie Chester (2004-07), who dished out 2,794 career assists, for eighth all-time at Oklahoma.