Sooners Close Road Slate Wednesday at Texas
The University of Oklahoma volleyball team plays its final road match of the season Wednesday, November 22 at No. 2 Texas. The latest edition of the Red River Showdown gets underway at 7 p.m. from Gregory Gymnasium. The match will be televised on the Longhorn Network and the WatchESPN app for mobile devices. Paul Sunderland (play-byplay) and Nell Fortner (color commentary) will be courtside for the call.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
Coming off a sweep at Kansas State on Saturday night, the Sooners look toward Austin with a 7-20 overall record and 4-10 mark in the Big 12. Oklahoma is a half game back of West Virginia for fifth in the league. On the road in league play, the Sooners are 2-5 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 4.16 kills and 2.98 digs per set. Her streak of six consecutive matches with a double-double was snapped on Saturday despite posting a match-high 18 kills in just three sets, but totaled only seven digs. Junior outside hitter Madison Drescher is second on the team with 2.97 kills per set. Guiding the OU attack is junior setter Audrey Alford at 9.40 assists to go with 2.02 digs per set. Redshirt-junior libero Rachel Manriquez is second on the team with 2.70 digs per set and has chipped in 60 assists.
SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
No. 2 Texas is 22-2 overall and a perfect 14-0 in the Big 12, while riding a 16-match win streak. The Longhorns two defeats came at No. 12 Florida (Aug. 25) in their season opener and against No. 1 Minnesota (Sept. 8). Texas is hitting a collective .311 and averaging 3.25 blocks per set. Four players average better than 2.46 kills per set as Lexi Sun leads the attack with 3.49 kills on a .284 hitting percentage. Chiaka Ogbogu averaged 2.46 kills, while leading the Longhorns with 1.76 blocks and a .388 attack rate.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Oklahoma won the first set behind nine kills from Madison Drescher, 26-24. No. 3 Texas rallied to win the next three by scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-22 to claim the match. Drescher tallied 10 kills on her first 10 swings and finished with a team-high 17. Lexi Sun notched a match-leading 19 kills on a .333 attack rate. For the match, the Longhorns outhit the Sooners, .287-.153 and registered 16 blocks to just six for OU. Alyssa Enneking posted a double-double with 15 kills and a match-high 23 digs.
BY THE NUMBERS: OU VS. TEXAS
Alyssa Enneking has made two career starts against Texas and come off the bench in one other. She has averaged 3.18 kills and 3.00 digs per set. In 2016, Enneking hit a series-best .389 on 18 swings in a four-set loss to the Longhorns at home. Rachel Manriquez has averaged 3.00 digs per set in five matches as the OU libero vs. Texas. She has reached double figures three times, including 15 in the first match-up with the Longhorns in 2016.
|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 416 kills on the season. She currently ranks fourth in kills in a single season during the 25-point, rally-scoring era (2008-pres.). Since 2001, Enneking’s 416 kills this season are the eighth 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 18-kill effort against Kansas State (Nov. 18) moved her from fifth to fourth past Suzy Boulavsky’s 407 kills in 2011. She is now chasing Sallie McLaurin’s 438 kills in 2013 for third.
Over the last 11 matches, Madison Drescher is averaging 3.34 kills per set; reaching double figures in eight of 11. 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).
The Sooners returned half of their 28 double-doubles from the 2016 season and matched that total in 2017 with two double-double in a three-set match vs. Iowa State (Nov. 15). 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 a career-best 16 so far in 2017. Enneking recorded the 20th double-double of her career in a five-set match at No. 11 Kansas (Oct. 25) with 22 kills and 16 digs. Alford and Morgan Miller, who has added a triple-double, have recorded seven and five double-doubles through 25 matches, respectively.