NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma handed No. 11 Kansas State its first loss of the season in a 3-0 sweep (27-25, 25-19, 0-0), Wednesday in both teams’ Big 12 opener at McCasland Field House.
The Sooners have won six consecutive matches with five consecutive sweeps to improve to 12-3 on the season. This is Oklahoma’s second win against a ranked opponent this season.
“I wish that we could keep this consistency all the time,” Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo said. “I think that we had our key players hitting at a very high percentage — look at Morgan Reynolds — she had 12 kills for .435 on the night, which is extremely good for a right side hitter.
“Then you had Tara with 10 kills to hit .250 and Sally with eight for .412. Those are three key players for the team that have to hit at a very high level for us to win games and be able to compete at this level, against top-five teams.”
With the win, the Sooners are now 116-15 against ranked opponents, including a 58-14 record under Restrepo.
Setter Julia Doyle continued her outstanding season when she totaled five service aces to break her own personal-best performance.
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Maria Fernanda continued to play great defense as she tied Keila Rodriguez with a team-high nine digs. Additionally, Rodriguez added four kills for the Sooners.
The Sooners trailed 0-2 to begin the first set, until a kill from McLaurin tied it up 2-2. It was the first of 12 ties throughout the opening stanza, as the Wildcats pulled ahead 2-6 on a four-point scoring run. Oklahoma returned the action with three points of their own to close the gap, 6-8, and eventually tie the match again at 8-8 all.
Oklahoma caught its first significant lead of the set after Dunn posted back-to-back kills and put OU up 20-17. Kansas State fought back to take a one-point lead at 23-22. The Wildcats delayed match-point with a successful swing from Kaitlynn Pelger, until Holst gave Oklahoma the one-point advantage. The Sooners secured the first set victory, 27-25 after Kansas State’s Alex Muffer hit the ball out of bounds.
The Sooners jumped ahead to a 4-1 lead to begin the second set and held the lead throughout the opening minutes. Oklahoma had its largest lead at 18-9 until Kansas State went on a four-point run to close the gap 18-13. The Wildcats steadily added points, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Sooners as they added three points to secure the lead 23-15. Kansas State would go on to add four more points, but it was Oklahoma who would prevail 25-19.
OU carried the momentum into the third set as it gathered a 7-0 lead to start the final stanza. Consecutive Sooner attack errors gave the Wildcats their smallest gap of the night at 12-10.
Both teams traded points until the end as Kansas State held off Oklahoma’s set-point twice. It was McLaurin’s eighth and final swing that gave Oklahoma the set 25-21.