The Sooners split their week with a road contest against Baylor, then return to McCasland Field House to take on Iowa State.
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The Sooners have maintained a steady blocking game in each of their matches this year, claiming 16 of their 18 wins when they lead or tie their opponents in blocks. On the year, OU has set three new team match records in block assists.
In a three-set sweep versus No. 11 Kansas State, the team totaled 22 block assists; in four sets the Sooners totaled 30 to overcome No. 19 Kentucky, and in a five-set victory over Tulsa the team posted 41 block assists to completely rewrite the Oklahoma record books just five weeks into the 2012 season.
Oklahoma has totaled 13 of its 18 victories on the season in three-set sweeps, which includes wins over Western Michigan, Air Force, North Dakota State, Duquesne, SMU, Arkansas-Little Rock, New Mexico, then-No. 11 Kansas State, TCU, Baylor, WVU and a series sweep of Texas Tech.
Six of the 13 sweeps have been totaled in conference action.
There was a span of five matches that the Sooners posted three-set sweeps of their opponents from Sept. 14 against SMU through Sept. 19 against then-No. 11 Kansas State.
Senior libero, Maria Fernanda is OU's career digs leader with 2,062 under her belt. She becomes the first player in Oklahoma and fifth in Big 12 history to total 2,000-plus digs throughout her career.
She now sits third in the Big 12 record books with 2,062 career digs.
Baylor's Allison King is second with 2,110 overall digs throughout her playing career from 2008-11. Fernanda needs to ink 48 more digs on the year to match, and 49 to surpass her record. To date she has totaled a season-high 414 digs in 26 matches.
-- The University of Oklahoma volleyball team splits its week with two matches - the first against Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday evening and the second against No. 20 Iowa State Saturday afternoon in McCasland Field House, home of Oklahoma volleyball. First serve is set for 7 p.m. CT and noon CT, respectively.
The Sooners return to the court after sweeping their last two opponents, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The victories marked the 12th and 13th sweeps of the season for the Sooners, respectively. In addition to the pair of back-to-back three-set victories, the wins also marked the first two series sweeps for OU on the year, as the Crimson and Cream took both victories against their foes in Big 12 play.
Fifteen sweeps in one season is a program-record for Oklahoma, which has been accomplished three times since 1981 (1987, 1993), including once under head coach Santiago Restrepo in 2006.
En route to its second sweep in as many matches, Oklahoma had its best offensive output of the season against West Virginia after it struck down 49 of 96 attempts with just one error to hit .417% on the night.
Baylor hosts Oklahoma to close out a two-match home stand, which saw them defeat then-No. 20 Kansas in a four-set upset last week. With the victory, the Bears improved to 17-9 overall and 4-7 in conference action.
Both teams met nearly a month ago on Oct. 12. Oklahoma prevailed in a three-set victory (25-20, 25-20, 25-20) to lead the overall series 32-15. Last year, the series was split 1-1 after OU prevailed at the Ferrell Center and Baylor took home a win at McCasland.
With last season's victory in Waco, the Sooners hold a 12-9 advantage at the Ferrell Center, and have captured seven of the last 10 meetings, when they head south past the Oklahoma state line and into Baylor's territory.
Following its Wednesday night match, Oklahoma will return to Norman for a Saturday afternoon match against No. 20 Iowa State.
The Cyclones mark the eighth ranked opponent for the Sooners on the year. Oklahoma heads into the contest with a 2-6 overall, and 1-2 record at home against AVCA top-25 teams on the year. OU has claimed wins over previously ranked No. 19 Kentucky and No. 11 Kansas State.
Last time Iowa State and Oklahoma faced off was on Oct. 20 in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones carried a No. 20 rank ahead of their name and took the win in straight sets (25-18, 25-18, 25-14). It was their best offensive showing to date, as they combined to hit .373 against OU.
Oklahoma leads the overall series against Iowa State, 43-27, with a 21-9 edge in McCasland Field House. The Cyclones have claimed the last three meetings, including a season sweep last season, claiming each win in four sets and taking home wins in eight of the last 10 matches.
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