MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Opening its final road swing of the regular season, the Oklahoma volleyball team downed West Virginia 3-0 on Saturday afternoon inside WVU Coliseum.
The Sooners (16-11, 8-7 Big 12) swept the Mountaineers (11-17, 2-12 Big 12) for the second time this season: 29-27, 25-21, 25-17.
“I thought today was a good bounce-back from Wednesday,” OU head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said. “It’s tough to travel here, it’s a long distance, and with all the things against them, to come out and be focused and get a W, I commend our team. West Virginia’s a good team, and I think we found a way to win today, and that’s what we need to do here in the last week.”
Oklahoma out-killed WVU 43-39 on a .212 attack percentage while holding its opponent at .147. The Sooners’ 10 blocks marked their most in a three-set match this season. Additionally, OU earned seven service aces, matching their best three-set total in 2018.
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking led the match with 15 kills, the only player to reach double-digits. She now has 459 kills this season, setting a program record for kills in one season during the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present). She added 13 digs for her 18th double-double of the season.
Sophomore libero Keyton Kinley totaled a match-best 25 digs, marking the most by a Big 12 student-athlete in a three-set match this season.
Kylee McLaughlin led the contest with 40 assists while Paige Anderson and Sarah Sanders produced a match-best six blocks each.
The Sooners built a 14-9 lead halfway through the first set, but the Mountaineers quickly went on a run to come back within one at 16-15. The two teams went back and forth throughout the remainder of the period before a Morgan Miller kill and a WVU attack error sealed OU’s 29-27 set victory.
After the second opened in a 4-4 tie, the Sooners went on a five-point run that included three aces from Aysia Harty and a block assist from Anderson and Miller. After WVU made a run of its own to come within one, the Sooners scored four straight to go back on top, 14-9.
The Mountaineers used a 4-0 scoring streak to get within two, but Oklahoma responded by scoring seven of the last 10 points to clinch the second frame, 25-21.
Oklahoma ran away with the third set, winning 25-17. Leading by one at 14-13, OU used a four-run that included two Enneking kills and one from Anderson to go up 18-13. The Sooners then scored on six of the final eight chances to clinch the match.
Up next, OU wraps up the regular season on Nov. 24 in Lawrence, Kan., against Kansas at 1 p.m.