Senior Katie Sanders
Oct. 16, 2009
vs. OKLAHOMA • Oct. 17, 2009 • McCasland Field House (Norman, Okla.)
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Oklahoma is led by sixth-year head coach Santiago Restrepo, who has amassed an 81-71 record in his first five seasons at the helm of the Sooners. Restrepo led OU to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006.
The Sooners feature a balanced attack with five players with between 116 and 154 kills. Suzy Boulavsky leads the way with 154, while Francie Ekwerekwu has 153.
Setter Brianne Barker runs the offense averaging 9.48 assists per set, while also holding the team's third-highest dig average at 3.45 per set.
The Sooners are ranked second in the Big 12 in digs per set at 17.66, led by Maria Fernanda's 4.82 and Bridget Laplante's 3.60.
Sarah Freudenich puts up a formidable blocking duo with Ekwerekwu, averaging 1.06 blocks per set to 0.97 per set for Ekwerekwu.
As a team OU has hit just .198 on the season, but solid defense has held opponents to a .145 attack percentage.
LAST TIME AGAINST OU
The Bears and Sooners took each other down to the wire in each of their matches in 2008. In Waco, Baylor pulled out a five-set victory led by 21 kills from Katie Sanders and 19 kills from Anna Breyfogle. The Bears won the deciding set 15-13, while racking up 76 kills and 95 digs in the match. Breyfogle had five blocks, while Sanders and Allison King each tallied 21 digs. Taylor Barnes had 64 set assists in the match, to go along with 20 digs.
The second version of Bears-Sooners in 2008 was nearly identical, but with Oklahoma taking a 15-13 win in the fifth and deciding set. Sanders led they way on offense again for the Bears with 17 kills and 22 digs. She was one of five players with at least 17 digs. Barnes had 18 and 40 set assists, while King, Brittany Ridenour, and Caitlyn Trice each had 17 digs.