Oct. 20 | 1:30 p.m. CT | Norman | McCasland Field House
NORMAN — The Oklahoma volleyball team concludes a three-match homestand on Saturday as it welcomes West Virginia at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Alongside the Oklahoma soccer team, Sooner volleyball is partnering with OU Athletics’ Student Athlete Innovative Leaders (SAIL) and WVU to host a pair of Mental Health Games this weekend. The initiative was created to increase conversation and awareness around the importance of student-athlete mental health.
MATCH DAY STORYLINES
There will be free coffee and coffee mugs for the first 150 fans at Saturday’s match. Additionally, there will be postgame autographs.
Fans are encouraged to join the Sooners in wearing green for the Mental Health Awareness Game. More information on this weekend’s initiative is available here.
Last Time Out
The Sooners split a pair of conference matches last week, taking down RV Texas Tech 3-1 on Wednesday before narrowly falling to No. 4 Texas 2-3 Saturday night.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead after winning 25-18 in the first set, outhitting OU .324-.175 in the period. However, the Sooners bounced back to win the next three frames: 25-18, 25-22, 25-17. Despite the slow start, the Sooners finished with a .258 hitting percentage while holding TTU at .180. OU also out-killed Texas Tech by a 53-50 clip. On defense, the Sooners registered 13.0 blocks to the Red Raiders’ 6.0 and totaled 54 digs to their opponents’ 52.
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking earned her fifth consecutive double-double in the match, totaling a match-high 21 kills to go with 14 digs. She also led the contest with six blocks, including two solo denials.
Also finishing the match with double-digit kills were Sarah Sanders with 11 and Morgan Miller with 10, good for a season-best. Sophomore Kylee McLaughlin paced the match with 41 assists while classmate Keyton Kinley produced a match-best 22 digs.
In front of a crowd of 2,001 on Saturday, the Sooners took No. 4 Texas to the wire before narrowly falling in five sets: 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, 9-15.
Defensively, Oklahoma out-dug Texas by a 73-60 mark. The effort was led by a career-high night from Kinley, who totaled 29 digs. McLaughlin and Miller both added 11 digs apiece. McLaughlin added 42 assists to earn her ninth double-double of the season. Enneking led the match with 20 kills, and Paige Anderson tallied 10.
Kinley Named Defensive Player of the Week
Sooner libero Keyton Kinley was tabbed Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Kinley led the league with 51 total digs and 5.67 digs per set last week to become the first Sooner to earn a Big 12 weekly honor since 2016.
Against No. 4 Texas on Saturday, Kinley tallied a career-high 29 digs, the most by one player in a Big 12 match this season. She also registered 22 digs against Texas Tech on Wednesday, leading the match.
Overall, Kinley currently leads the Big 12 with 157 digs and 5.61 digs per set in conference matches this year.
Previewing West Virginia
The Sooners own a 12-1 all-time advantage over the Mountaineers with their only loss coming last year in Morgantown. WVU is currently 9-10 on the year with a 1-5 mark in conference play.
Katelyn Evans leads the Mountaineers with 3.19 kills per set, and Lacey Zerwas paces WVU with 8.84 assists per set. Defensively, Alexa Hasting and Lindsay Proctor are averaging 2.82 and 2.46 digs per set, respectively, and Katie DeMeo leads the squad with 1.51 blocks per set.
Up Next: Kansas State, Texas
The Sooners go back on the road next week, traveling to Kansas State on Wednesday and Texas on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start.