Various Sooner head coaches will be available for autographs from 1:15-1:45 with a $10 donation to the Jimmy Everest Center.
Oct. 26, 2012
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Senior libero, Maria Fernanda is OU's career digs leader with 2,027 under her belt.
Fernanda becomes the first player in Oklahoma and fifth in Big 12 history to total 2,000-plus digs throughout her career.
She now sits fourth in the Big 12 record books with 2,027 career digs. She is the only active Big 12 player to rank in the top-10 of Big 12 career leaders in eight separate categories., and one of two OU players on the list, joining Joanna Schmitt (2003-06) who ranks fourth in attack attempts (4,971) and ninth in kills (1,730).
Kansas State's Angie Lastra is third with 2, 032 career digs. Fernanda needs to ink just five more digs on the year to match, and six to surpass her record. To date she has totaled 379 digs in 23 matches.
Senior Morgan Reynolds totaled a personal-best 18 kills against Baylor on Friday, Oct. 12. The number matched an individual match record, as Reynolds became just the second
player in OU history to successfully strike down 18 hits in a three-set match, and first to do it in nearly three years.
Francie Ekwerekwu first accomplished the feat against Baylor
on Nov. 4, 2009.
-- The fourth annual Pledge for a Cure Oklahoma volleyball match will take place this Sunday afternoon in McCasland Field House against the No. 8 Texas Longhorns in a 2 p.m. showdown, televised nationally on ESPNU.
Pam Ward and Karch Kiraly will call the action live from the sidelines as Oklahoma and Texas take to the court in the most anticipated match of the Sooners' 2012 season, but it's only coincidence that their opponent is perennial Big 12 powerhouse Texas.
Each year the Sooners honor head coach Santiago Restrepo's late son, Javier, with a match to help raise funds to help the fight against Leukemia.
Donations will be accepted for the Jimmy Everest Center
for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Cash will be accepted along with checks and money orders made out to the JEC Foundation.
Oklahoma head coaches Lon Kruger (men's basketball), Sherri Coale (women's basketball), Sunny Galloway (baseball), Patty Gasso (softball) and Mark Cody (wrestling) will be on hand Saturday afternoon to sign autographs from 1:15-1:45 p.m.
Only one item per coach is allowed and a minimum donation of $10 is required. All proceeds from the autograph session benefit the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.
The Sooners (16-7, 5-3) return to their home court well-rested after a mid-week bye.
Sunday's contest marks the third time this season that Oklahoma has faced back-to-back opponents in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) top-25, as OU last took to the court against No. 22 Iowa State in a three-set loss a week ago on Oct. 20.
Sunday's match will also mark the first of three opponents for Oklahoma in a matter of a week with Texas on Sunday, Texas Tech at home on Wednesday and a trip to Morgantown, W. Va., to face the Mountaineers on Saturday.
Texas travels to Norman with an undefeated 9-0 record and 22-match win streak in conference play. The Longhorns lead the Big 12 in two separate categories - hitting percentage (.289) and blocks per set (3.14) - while sophomore All-America outside Haley Eckerman leads the Big 12 in kills (4.65) and points per set (5.35).
The two teams met earlier this season on Sept. 22 in Austin. The then-No .9 Longhorns topped Oklahoma in a quick three sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-10).
Last year, Oklahoma split the series with Texas 1-1 after a heart pounding five-set (25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 24-26, 15-9) performance in McCasland Field House, which saw them take the program's third win in the series against the Longhorns and first ever in Norman. The defeat was the last by a Big 12 opponent over Texas.
To date, Texas holds a 39-3 edge over OU and a 15-2 advantage in Norman, dating back to 1975.
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