Dec. 9, 2010
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team takes on No. 8 Penn State (28-5) Friday evening in third round action of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. First serve is set for 6 p.m. CT from Recreation Hall on the Penn State campus. The Sooners (23-10) are making their third appearance in the Sweet 16 and first since 2006.
Oklahoma advanced to the University Park, Pa. Regional after defeating Wichita State (3-0) and No. 22 Tulsa (3-2) last weekend in first and second round action in Norman. Penn State downed Niagara and Virginia Tech to advance.
The Sooners and Nittany Lions previously met on Oct. 2, 1981 in Springfield, Ill. with Penn State sweeping the match. The winner advances to the Elite 8 and faces the advancing team from Friday’s first match between Duke and Missouri.
Oklahoma is having one of its best offensive seasons since 2006. The Sooners are hitting .227 as a team and averaging 13.60 kills per set. OU is also getting it done in the front row, averaging 2.27 blocks per set, its most since averaging 3.13 bps in 2006.
Penn State is the three-time defending national champion and earned the No. 4 national seed. The Nittany Lions have won an NCAA-record 92 straight home matches.
Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo returns to the state where his coaching career began and where he earned Division I-AA All-America honors at East Stroudsburg. Restrepo was a four-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection from 1983-86 and returned to his alma mater as head coach from 1994-97.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA AS A TEAM
- Oklahoma has 23 wins on the year, its most since winning 28 during the 2006 season and second-highest total since winning 26 in 1987.
- The Sooners have won 23 or more matches nine times in its 35 year history (2010, 2006, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1979, 1976).
- Oklahoma defeated Wichita State for the first time in six tries on December 3 to advance to the NCAA Championship second round.
- OU got its second win over a ranked opponent this season with a five-set thriller over No. 22 Tulsa on December 4 to advance to the third round.
- The Sooners played arguably their best match of the season, setting 25-point rally scoring era team records in three categories.
- OU finished conference play with a 13-7 mark, finishing third. The wins are the most since winning 13 in 2007 and 1997. The most is 17 in 2006.
- Oklahoma went 8-3 in non-conference play. Two of OU’s losses were to ranked Florida State (13) and Tennessee (17) teams.
- The Sooners have produced their best offensive output since 2006 this season. OU is hitting .227 as a team and averages 13.60 kills per set.
- The 2006 team that reached the Sweet 16 and had two All-Americans hit .262 and averaged 16.28 kills per set.
- Likewise, OU is having its best season in the front row since 2006. The Sooners are averaging 2.27 blocks per set, the most since 3.13 in 2006.
- Oklahoma is 5-7 against the RPI top 50 this year. Seven of OU’s 10 losses have come to teams ranked in the top 25.
- The Sooners are 2-6 against top 25 teams this year and 11-111 all-time.
- Oklahoma is 12-53 against ranked programs under head coach Santiago Restrepo.
- OU is 3-50 against top 10 opponents all-time and 2-28 under Restrepo. Oklahoma is 0-4 against 10 programs this year.
- Oklahoma’s last win against a top 10 opponent was a 3-2 upset of No. 3 Texas in Austin (Oct. 29, 2008).
- Oklahoma is 13-15-2 against the Big 10, 7-6 against the ACC and 107-193 against Big 12 opponents in conference matches.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
- The Sooners are making their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and fourth in the last five years.
- OU has been to four NCAA Championships under Restrepo and has a 5-3 mark in those matches.
- Oklahoma is 8-6 all-time in NCAA Championship matches. OU has made three Sweet 16 appearances (2010, 2006, 1988).
- OU is 7-8 against the NCAA Championship field of 64 with wins over Missouri (twice), Iowa State, Missouri State, Miami, Wichita State and Tulsa.
- Oklahoma has never advanced past the third round of the NCAA Championship.
A LOOK AT THE REGIONAL
- Friday’s match marks the second-ever series meeting between the Sooners and Nittany Lions. Penn State won the previous meeting 3-0 on Oct. 2, 1981 in Los Angeles.
- Duke defeated OU 3-0 in the only previous meeting on Aug. 30, 2002 in Los Angeles.
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Big 12 rival Missouri, 39-31 and won both series meetings this year.
- The average RPI of all four teams is 22.75. Penn State is the No. 4 national seed, while Duke is the No. 12 seed.
- Missouri and Duke are also meeting for the first time. Missouri and Penn State have met five times previously with PSU winning all five meetings.
- Penn State leads the all-time series with the Blue Devils, 9-0. The two teams last met in 2009.