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No. 20 VB Aims for 20th Win vs. OU

Head coach Jim Barnes is looking for his first 20-win season at the helm of the Bears.

Head coach Jim Barnes is looking for his first 20-win season at the helm of the Bears.

Nov. 3, 2009


Complete Baylor Notes

vs. (rv) OKLAHOMA  •  Nov. 4, 2009  •  Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)

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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 more than 150 kills. Suzy Boulavsky leads the way with 225, while Francie Ekwerekwu has 199 and Sarah Freudenrich has 191.
• Sophomore setter Brianne Barker runs the offense averaging 9.68 assists per set, while also holding the team's third-highest dig average at 3.46 per set. • The Sooners are ranked second in the Big 12 in digs per set at 17.81, led by Maria Fernanda's 4.70 and Bridget Laplante's 3.48. Caitlin Higgins also avearges 3.00 digs per set.
• As a team, OU has hit just .208 on the season, but solid defense has held opponents to a .152 attack percentage, the third best in the Big 12.

Then-No. 19 Baylor battled back from down a set twice against Oklahoma, but fell short in a 3-2 (13-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19, 12-15) loss at Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. Baylor came out sluggish, dropping a 25-13 first set, but found some offense in the second and fourth sets.
Led by right side Suzy Boulavsky's 21 kills and 20 digs, Oklahoma also got 11 kills and nine blocks by Sarah Freudenrich to get its first win of the season over ranked opponent. Baylor, meanwhile, had four players in double figures led by Katie Sanders' 12 kills. Anna Breyfogle and Torri Campbell each had 11 kills, while Ashlie Christenson had 10. Setter Taylor Barnes had a solid match for BU with a double-double of 50 assists and 12 digs to go along with seven kills. Baylor hit just .166, frustrated by Oklahoma's block and back row play. The Sooners had 14 blocks and 93 digs, while Baylor managed nine blocks and 76 digs.

No. 22 Baylor got at least 10 kills from four different player, including a match-high 12 by Katie Sanders to sweep (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) Texas Tech at the Ferrell Center on Saturday night.
Sanders added 14 digs for her 13th double-double of the season, and Torri Campbell, Anna Breyfogle and Elizabeth Graham each had 10 kills for the Bears. Setter Taylor Barnes had 41 assists to go along with a career-high six service aces, seven digs and five kills. She led the offense to a .281 hitting percentage (51-17-121) on the evening.
On defense, Allison King continued her trend of double-digit digs with 13 of Baylor's 48. At the net, Big 12 blocking leader Anna Breyfogle had four block assists, and one solo block, while Barnes and Ashlie Christenson each had two block assists. Baylor held Texas Tech to a .184 hitting percentage (32-13-103). Amanda Dowdy led the Red Raiders with 11 kills.



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