NORMAN, Okla. – The West Virginia University volleyball team lost to Oklahoma 3-0 (15-25, 14-25, 20-25) on Saturday afternoon inside the McCasland Field House.
“Oklahoma played great today. I thought they had a great day defensively and just didn't commit many errors offensively,” says coach Jill Kramer. “They really made us earn our points. We were very high-error and just seemed to have a tough time getting in a rhythm offensively.”
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson led the Mountaineers (16-7, 2-6 Big 12) with 16 kills on 44 attempts, while the Sooners (18-4, 6-2 Big 12) were led by Sallie McLaurin's 14 kills on 29 attempts for a .345 hitting percentage.
McLaurin leads the Big 12 Conference in hitting percentage through the first half of league play, and two other Sooners joined her with double-digit kills.
Oklahoma, who is receiving votes in this week's AVCA Top 25 Poll, was WVU's third straight opponent ranked in the RPI top 15.
“We'll get in the gym and will get better,” Kramer says. “We have played three teams consecutively who are ranked No. 1, No. 11 and No. 15 in the RPI, respectively, and that will make us a better team, because we have competed hard against them.”
West Virginia jumped out to a 9-7 lead early in the first set, but Oklahoma responded with a 6-0 run. The Sooners held a .353 team hitting percentage in the set, limiting the Mountaineers to just a .032 hitting clip. Anderson led all players with seven kills in the set, and OU claimed the first game, 25-15.
Oklahoma led by just one, 8-7, early in the first set, before going on a 7-0 run. The Mountaineers fought back late in the set, but fell 14-25 in the second set.
The Mountaineers didn't go down easily in the third set. After trailing by as many as six, WVU clawed back to within two, 19-21, late in the set. But the Sooners responded and earned four of the final five points in the set to win the game, 25-20.
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos led the visitors with 13 digs, and the Mountaineers recorded five team blocks.
West Virginia returns home to face Marshall on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., inside the WVU Coliseum.
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