Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. CT | Norman | McCasland Field House
NORMAN — The Oklahoma volleyball team concludes its 2018 home slate on Wednesday, welcoming Iowa State to McCasland Field House.
The match is set for a 7 p.m. first serve, and tickets are on sale now. Fans that show their ticket for Saturday’s football game against Kansas will receive free admission to Wednesday’s volleyball match.
MATCH DAY STORYLINES
In addition to the Kansas football ticket promotion, there will be post-match autographs.
Last Time Out
The Sooners earned a pair of conference wins last week, coming back to take down Texas Tech 3-2 on Wednesday before topping TCU 3-1 on Friday.
After the Sooners won a wild first set 30-28, the Red Raiders took a lead in the match with 29-27 and 26-24 victories in the next two frames. However, the Sooners were dominant in the fourth set, winning 25-16, before clinching the match with a 15-10 victory in set five.
Oklahoma registered a season-high 71 kills, 10 more than the Red Raiders. Setter Kylee McLaughlin assisted on 62 of the Sooners’ kills, setting a career-high for the sophomore and finishing just four shy of the school record. She added 14 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking also registered a double-double performance, leading the match with 24 kills to go with 18 digs. Also finishing with double-digit kills were Paige Anderson with 15 and Sarah Sanders with 13. Defensively, Keyton Kinley paced the match with 28 digs, one shy of her career best. Brianna Kadiku totaled nine blocks while McLaughlin had eight and Anderson recorded six.
On Friday, the Sooners took a narrow first set 25-23 before the Horned Frogs claimed the second 25-22. However, OU hit above .300 in the final two periods to win them each, 25-17 and 25-15.
Oklahoma edged TCU in kills (56-52), assists (54), attack percentage (.260-.180) and blocks (13.0-8.0). In the final two periods, the Sooners hit .302 and .344 while holding TCU at .122 and .088.
Enneking and Kylee McLaughlin both finished the night with double-doubles. Enneking registered a match-high 19 kills to go with 10 digs. McLaughlin led the contest with 46 assists and added 15 digs and four kills. Anderson finished just shy of a double-double, putting up nine kills and 10 blocks, including three solo denials. Kadiku tallied nine kills on a .471 atttack rate, leading the match.
McLaughlin Named Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Sophomore setter Kylee McLaughlin was named the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week with Iowa State’s Jess Schaben on Monday, marking the fourth Big 12 weekly award for OU this season and first offensive accolade. McLaughlin is the first Sooner to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Audrey Alford on Sept. 5, 2016.
McLaughlin led the Big 12 with 108 assists and 12.00 assists per set last week. Her 108 assists were the most in a week’s span during conference play this season. McLaughlin also ran the Sooner offense that averaged 14.11 kills per set on a .246 hitting percentage. She set a career high with 62 assists on Wednesday, matching the most by a Big 12 student-athlete this season. Additionally, McLaughlin earned double-doubles in both of OU’s matches last week.
Previewing Iowa State
Oklahoma currently leads the all-time series with Iowa State 45-37 after claiming a 3-1 win in Ames on Oct. 3 to snap a nine-match losing streak to the Cyclones. ISU is currently 13-13 (6-7), most recently defeating West Virginia 3-1 in Morgantown, W. Va.
Named Co-Offensive Player of the Week with OU’s Kylee McLaughlin on Monday, Jess Schaben leads ISU with 3.84 kills per set and ranks second with 2.85 digs per set behind libero Hali Hillegas (4.44 digs/set). Piper Mauck runs the ISU offense with 10.64 assists per set, and Grace Lazard is averaging 1.17 blocks per set.
Up Next: West Virginia
The Sooners kick off their final road swing of the regular season on Saturday, traveling to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on West Virginia. The match, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. CT, will be streamed via WVUSports.com.