Nov. 22 | 1 p.m. CT | Lawrence, Kan. | Horejsi Family Athletics Center
NORMAN — The Oklahoma volleyball team concludes its 2018 regular season on Saturday, taking on Kansas at 1 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan.
The road match is scheduled to air on Jayhawk TV and through ESPN+ for subscribers.
MATCH DAY STORYLINES
Last Time Out
The Sooners split last week’s conference slate, falling 3-0 to Iowa State in Norman before sweeping West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va.
Wednesday’s loss to ISU was OU’s fourth straight-set loss of the season: 25-22, 25-20, 25-22. However, the Sooners bounced back with a three-set victory of their own, taking down WVU 29-27, 25-21, 25-17.
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, including three from freshman Aysia Harty, to match 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. 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.
Kinley Earns Third Defensive Weekly Honor
For the third time this season, sophomore libero Keyton Kinley was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. With three awards this year, Kinley has set the OU program record for defensive weekly honors in a career. She joins Maria Fernanda and Sallie McLaurin as the only Sooners to earn multiple defensive accolades in their careers.
Last week, Kinley led the conference with 44 digs and 7.33 digs per set. Her dig average was the highest in a week’s span in the Big 12 this year, and she has now led the league in digs per set in six of the last seven weeks. Against West Virginia on Saturday, Kinley registered 25 digs, the most in a three-set match by a Big 12 student-athlete this season. She added a match-high 19 digs against Iowa State on Wednesday.
Kinley also earned the honor in back-to-back weeks in October. For Oct. 9-14, Kinley led the league with 51 total digs and 5.67 digs per set. Against No. 4 Texas on Oct. 13, Kinley tallied a career-high 29 digs, the most by one player in a Big 12 match this season. She also registered 22 digs against Texas Tech on Oct. 10, leading the match.
From Oct. 16-21, Kinley registered a conference-best 7.00 digs per set, marking the third straight week she led the Big 12 in digs per set. She totaled 21 digs in OU’s sweep of West Virginia on Saturday. Her 21-dig performance marks the second-most digs in a league match this season behind only her own 23-dig showing against Kansas State earlier this season.
Enneking Killing the Record Books
Senior outside hitter Alyssa Enneking has registered 459 kills this season, setting the Oklahoma single-season kills record for the 25-point rally scoring era (2008-present). With her seventh kill against West Virginia on Nov. 17, Enneking surpassed Kierra Holst’s previous record of 450 kills in 2014.
Enneking has also set single-match program records for kills twice this season. In the season opener against Xavier, she matched her own school record with 19 kills in a three-set match. Against VCU, Enneking tallied 27 kills, breaking her own record for kills in a four-set match (previously 26 kills).
With her 10th kill against Kansas on Sept. 26, Enneking became the 14th player in OU history to reach 1,000 career kills. Overall, she has 1,225 career kills, ranking 11th all-time in Sooner annals.
Although the Sooners lead Kansas in the all-time series 48-40, the Jayhawks have won the last eight meetings. KU enters Wednesday’s match 15-11 (8-7 in Big 12 play) after dropping their last four conference contests.
Jada Burse leads the KU offense with 3.45 kills per set, while setters Gabby Simpson and Camryn Ennis have averaged 5.34 and 5.01 assists per set, respectively. Rachel Langs paces the Jayhawks with 1.37 blocks per set, and Allie Nelson and Lacey Angello lead the team with 3.67 and 2.44 digs per set, respectively.
Up Next: NCAA Volleyball Selection Show
The Sooners learn their postseason fate on Sunday, Nov. 25 when the 2018 DI NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship bracket is announced at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Oklahoma is aiming to make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2014.