Wednesday's match against No. 22 Kansas will air live on Metro Sports TV. First serve is set for 6 p.m. CT.
Nov. 13, 2012
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The Sooners are 7-1 when returning to the court after a loss, bouncing back in good form, all but once.
The exception occured on Oct. 28 when Oklahoma dropped its second decision in as many matches, the first equation of its kind on the year, when it lost to No. 8 Texas in three sets. Before facing the Longhorns, OU had lost to fellow Top-25 opponent No. 22 Iowa State.
Oklahoma faces a tough stretch of opponents with three ranked foes in its final four contests of the 2012 regular season with No. 20 Iowa State at home on Nov. 10 (L, 3-0; 12-25, 20-25, 21-25), immediately followed by a trip to Lawrence, Kan. to face a No. 22 Jayhawks squad who holds a 13-1 record on their home court at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
The Sooners close out the season at No. 22 Kansas State on Sat., Nov. 24.
Senior libero, Maria Fernanda is OU’s career digs leader with 2,106 under her belt to become 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, and is the only active Big 12 player to rank in the top-10 of Big 12 career leaders in eight separate categories.
Baylor’s Allison King is second with 2,110 overall digs throughout
her playing career from 2008-11. Fernanda needs to ink four more digs on the year to match, and five to surpass her record.
-- The University of Oklahoma volleyball team (19-9, 8-5 Big 12) travels to Lawrence, Kan., for a mid-week matchup against No. 22 Kansas (21-6, 9-4 Big 12) on Wednesday evening at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m. CT.
The Jayhawks are the only opponent on the schedule this week for the Sooners, as the team will enjoy a weekend bye before it heads into its final week of the 2012 regular season with matchups against TCU and Kansas State, respectively.
Wednesday’s match will be televised live on Metro Sports.
The contest marks the third time this season that Oklahoma has battled in back-to-back contests against Top-25 opponents. The sequence first occurred when the Sooners secured a 3-0 win over then-No. 11 Kansas State on Sept. 19, followed by a 3-0 loss in Austin on Sept. 22 to then-No. 9 Texas, then again with back-to-back losses against previously ranked No. 22 Iowa State on Oct. 20, followed by a 3-0 performance against a top-10 Texas squad on Oct. 28.
On the year, Oklahoma is 2-7 against ranked foes with wins over Kansas State and Kentucky that occurred at home, and a neutral location, respectively.
Oklahoma returns to the court after it split its last two matches with a series sweep over Texas Tech, and a 3-0 loss to then-No. 20 Iowa State.
Against Texas Tech, senior libero Maria Fernanda matched her own OU individual four-set match record with 29 digs – a season-best output for the Sooner veteran. With 29 digs, Fernanda recorded the eighth 20-plus dig performance of her senior campaign and the 43rd of her career in the Crimson and Cream.
Kansas hosts Oklahoma after a heartbreaking loss to No. 3 Texas on Saturday night to snap a program-best 13-match home win streak at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks and Longhorns battled to five (25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 16-25, 12-15), in Texas’ second five-set contest in conference play on the year.
Caroline Jarmoc, a 2012 COSIDA Academic All-District First Team member, leads the Big 12 with a .386 hitting percentage, hitting 336 of 726 attempts with just 86 errors on the year. Oklahoma’s own Sallie McLaurin sits right behind her in the conference standings after successfully striking 276 of 610 attempts with 55 errors to hit .362 in 28 matches for the Sooners.
The Jayhawks topped the Sooners earlier this season at McCasland Field House in a tough five-set contest (16-25, 25-21, 25-13, 21-25, 10-15) to lead the series 1-0 heading into the final contest between both teams on Wednesday night.
Despite the loss earlier this season, Oklahoma still leads the overall series, 46-30. However, Kansas carries the luck in Lawrence with a 17-15 advantage. The Sooners have only taken three of the last 10 contests in Lawrence, including back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011.
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