MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team will hit the road for a match against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Norman Okla., at noon EST, inside the McCasland Field House.
“We are looking forward to heading out to Norman this weekend,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It will be our final match in round one of conference play, which is a bit of a mile marker for us, so to speak.”
Oklahoma, who is receiving votes in this week's AVCA Top 25 Poll, is West Virginia's third consecutive opponent ranked inside the RPI top 15.
The Mountaineers (16-6 2-5 Big 12) fell to No. 1 Texas, 3-0, on Wednesday in front of their second-largest crowd ever at a home WVU volleyball match, while the Sooners (17-4, 5-2 Big 12) earned a thrilling five-set victory at TCU in their most-recent outing.
West Virginia didn't go down easily against the Longhorns, facing six match points before eventually falling 31-29 in the final set.
“Our practice intensity has been really high since our match on Wednesday night. I like that way our team is going about its business right now,” Kramer says. “We are continuing to improve as both a team and as individuals on a daily basis.”
Oklahoma senior Sallie McLaurin leads the Big 12 in hitting percentage (.457) and points per set (4.61), while being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week three consecutive times in September.
West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
leads the league in kills per set (3.92) and is second in points per set (4.45), claiming two straight Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors last month.
The Mountaineers continue to lead the conference in opponent hitting percentage, holding their oppositions to just a .159 hitting clip this season.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series between the two schools, 3-0, winning both matchups between the two schools a year ago.
WVU claimed the first set in Norman last season, before falling to the Sooners 3-1.