NORMAN — After a close pair of opening sets, the Oklahoma volleyball team ran away in the final two frames to take down TCU 3-1 on Saturday night inside McCasland Field House on Senior Night.
The Sooners (15-10, 7-6 Big 12) took a narrow first set 25-23 before the Horned Frogs (13-11, 5-8 Big 12) claimed the second 25-22. However, OU hit above .300 in the final two periods to win them each, 25-17 and 25-15.
“They responded in a lot of different ways,” OU head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said of her team. “TCU had a different lineup than what we were expecting, so they were able to transfer information from us on the bench into a new scouting report, and at the end of it there they were playing free. They were playing some fun volleyball, and I’ve told our team all year long that we are our best when we are our true selves as a person, player, and team. Tonight was another opportunity to do that, and it was really cool for our seniors to earn a W.”
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.
Senior Alyssa Enneking and sophomore 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.
Sophomore Paige Anderson finished just shy of a double-double, putting up nine kills and 10 blocks, including three solo denials. Brianna Kadiku tallied nine kills on a .471 atttack rate, leading the match.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first two frames. Tied 22-22 late in the first, a pair of Enneking kills and a service ace from Haley Sanchez sealed the Sooners’ win. However, TCU came back to tie it with a 25-22 win in set two.
Nonetheless, the Sooners ran away with big wins in the final periods. OU made a five-point run in early in the third thanks to kills from Enneking, Kadiku, Morgan Miller and Sarah Sanders and an ace from Enneking, establishing a 7-2 advantage. The Sooners carried that momentum throughout the frame, cruising to a 25-17 win.
OU continued to roll through the fourth set, hitting .344 to TCU’s .088. Anderson, Enneking and Miller all had four kills in the frame, while McLaughlin assisted on 12 of OU’s 14 kills. The Sooners closed the match on a four-point run.
Up next, the Sooners conclude their home slate on Wednesday as they host Iowa State at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are on sale now.