OU volleyball: OU beats second ranked opponent of season
Astrud Reed, The Oklahoma Daily
The Oklahoma volleyball team swept No. 11 Kansas State, 3-0, for their 12th win of the season. The Sooners only trailed once throughout the entire match and never trailed in the second or third sets.
How the Sooners won: The Sooners faced challenges late in all three sets, but were able to take advantage of the Wildcats 24 errors and key blocks to give Kansas St their first loss of the season. Oklahoma held the advantage in hitting percentage (.260-.155), blocks (11.0-8.5) and digs (43-42).
Key stat: 22 blocks against. The Sooners were able to pressure the Wildcats all nights at the net with double blocks helping Kansas State hit their worst percentage of the season (.155).
Key performer: Junior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin. McLaurin continued her dominating streak from the Oklahoma Invitational with eight kills, .412 hitting percentage and a game high 10 blocks against the Wildcats. She is currently second in the nation with 1.68 blocks per set.
Key opponent: Junior outside hitter Kaitlynn Pelger. Pelger, who was named the AVCA National Player of the Week, led all players with 13 kills to go with eight digs and a .310 hitting percentage.
What it means: The Sooners are off to one of their best starts in school history with a 12-3 record. They recorded their second-straight win against a ranked opponent and kept their five-match sweep streak going. They now travel to Austin to play No. 10 Texas in the Red River Rivalry.