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NORMAN – The conference slate continues for Oklahoma volleyball with its return to McCasland Field House, hosting Kansas State at 6 p.m. Wednesday, before hitting the road for its fifth trip to the Lone Star State where they will face TCU at 6 p.m. Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

“The focus this week was on the early spring pillars of focus,” the head coach said. Lindsey Gray Walton said. “Kansas State and TCU are both good tests with different offensive systems that will test our defensive mindsets. Our serve and passing game will be what create our scoring opportunities. That has been a fundamental identity of how we’ve had consistent success.”

OU is 6-2 at home and 3-3 away, while looking for its first conference win on the road this season.

Wednesday will serve as the Mental Health Awareness Game for the Sooners. Free mental health awareness green wristbands will be available to fans while supplies last.

For fans in attendance, the doors to McCasland Field House open one hour before the game. Parking is available at the Field House lot on the east side of the McCasland Field House or at the Duck Pond lot at the corner of West Brooks Street and South Jenkins Avenue.

OU Athletics clear bag policy will be in effect and walk-through metal detectors will be used. More information can be found here.

Season and single tickets are on sale for the 2022 season. Fans can purchase online through SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU box office at (405) 325-2424. Adults are $7 and youth/senior tickets are $5.

The Sooners lead the series with the Wildcats 58-36-1, while going 30-15 at home. OU shared a pair of games with Kansas State last season inside McCasland and is seeking its first home sweep since Sept. 21, 2018 and first overall since Nov. 20, 2019 (Manhattan, Kansas) . Under Head Coach Lindsey Gray WaltonOU is 5-3 against Kansas State.

“The crowd against Iowa State was great, and we’d love to see that again for our mental health awareness game tomorrow against Kansas State,” Gray-Walton noted.

OU leads the overall series with TCU 17-9, including 8-4 on the road. The Sooners shared a pair of games with the Horned Frogs last season in Fort Worth and are looking for their first sweep at TCU since March 5, 2021. OU is 5-4 against TCU in the Gray-Walton era.

Wednesday’s game can be viewed on SoonerVision on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. with live stats available on OU’s StatBroadcast page. For more information on how to watch this week’s home game, click here. The Sooners return to the national stage Friday, airing at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU, with live stats available on TCU’s SIDEARM Stats page.

THE 12 GREAT STORIES

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Sooners lost two conference games last week, 3-1, to Texas Tech last Wednesday and to Iowa State on Alumni Weekend last Saturday.
  • In Wednesday’s loss to the Red Raiders, Sophomore Payton Chamberlain added his first double-double as a Sooner with a career-high 34 assists and 12 digs. Defensively, second libero Callie Kemoha led the way with his sixth game of 20+ digs this season with 22.
  • In Saturday’s loss, sophomore Megane Wilson and graduate student Savannah Davison led the attack with 15 attacks each. Defensively, Wilson led the way with a career-high seven blocks, while junior Kelsey Carrington came off the bench with six blocks.

THE BEST OF THE NATION

  • A pair of Sooners rank in the top 30 of Division I volleyball players in four statistical categories.
  • Wilson ranks 10th in aces per set with 0.61 and 14th in total aces with 37. She is the only Big 12 player in the top 20 in both categories. The second is also 30th nationally in points per set with 4.72.
  • First-year student Morgane Perkins is back in the top 30, ranked 28th in blocks per set with 1.31 and is the second best freshman in that category.
  • As a team, the Sooners rank 28th in hit percentage (.262) and blocks per set (2.57).

FIGHT IN THE BIG 12

  • As a team, OU is third in service aces per set (1.47) behind next Big 12 foe Kansas State and top-ranked Texas.
  • Several Sooners hold the top 10 in the current conference standings. Wilson leads the Big 12 in service aces per set (0.61) and total service aces (37). She also ranks second in the league with 4.72 points per set and 288 points, while fifth in the league with 3.67 eliminations per set.
  • Kemohah leads the conference in digs per set (4.75) and is second with 304 total digs. Perkins is the top freshman in blocks per set (1.33), strike percentage (.415) and total blocks (73). Perkins is second in blocks per set and third in hit percentage. Chamberlain ranks fourth with 9.63 assists per set.
  • In conference play only, Perkins moves up to second in .441 hit percentage and tied for 10th in blocks per set. Wilson is third in the league with 0.45 service aces per set, eighth in kills per set (3.25) and points per set (4.05).
  • Chamberlain’s 8.91 assists per set ranks sixth in conference play, while Kemohah moved up to fifth in digs per set (3.82).

SIX FOR THE RECORD BOOK

  • The 2022 team has already engraved its name six times in the record books.
  • As a team, the Sooners set program records for aces (11) and block assists (30) in a four-set match, as well as 28 block assists in a three-set match.
  • Wilson’s five aces in a three-set match are tied for the most in program history, while also moving up to third in aces for a single season with 37. This is Wilson’s fourth mark in the record books after posting 392 kills and 20 solo blocks during the 2021 season, placing her tied for seventh and fifth, respectively.
  • Perkins has already made his mark in the record books after setting a program record for 11 assists in a three-set match against Texas Southern (September 16).

SCOUTING IN KANSAS STATE

  • The Wildcats are one of seven Big 12 schools ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball RPI Rankings at No. 71. After two losses last week to No. 1 Texas and TCU, Kansas State enters Wednesday’s game 11-8 overall with a 2-4 conference mark.
  • Kansas State earned its first road Big 12 victory of the season, sweeping West Virginia in Morgantown on Oct. 5. Wildcat head coach Suzie Fritz is just three wins away from 200 career wins in Big 12 games with 197.
  • The Wildcats team leads the conference with 127 service aces, 1.79 service aces per set and 192.5 blocks. They are also second in blocks per set (2.71).
  • Two Kansas State players are in the top three in two major statistical categories. Junior Libero Mackenzie Morris leads the Big 12 with 315 digs and third in digs per set (4.44). Senior Sydney Bolding is third in total blocks (88), blocks per set (1.29) and total service aces (31), while also fourth in service aces per set (0.46 ).
  • Rookie Shaylee Myers earned her first career Big 12 weekly honor after being named Rookie Player of the Week on Oct. 4. in an Iowa State sweep. Myers ranks fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.71) and points per set (4.27).

TCU SCOUTING

  • The Horned Frogs are one of seven Big 12 schools ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball RPI Rankings at No. 58. TCU is currently 9-9 overall with a 4-3 conference rating.
  • Last week, TCU shared a pair of games in Sunflower State – first swept by Kansas in Lawrence, 3-0, last Wednesday, before the Horned Frogs backhand swept Kansas State, 3-2 last Saturday to ensure their best start. in the Big 12 since 2015. With 1,008 eliminations to date, senior Julia Adams hit the 1,000 career mark in victory in Manhattan.
  • On Oct. 8, senior Audrey Nalls notched a career-high 26 wins while leading the Horned Frogs to a 3-1 victory over Texas Tech in front of the second-largest crowd in TCU history (3,129). Graduate student Callie Williams has posted 61 assists, which is the most of any Big 12 player in a single game this season.
  • Nalls earned his second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor for the season after leading the Horned Frogs to a 3-1 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 8. After his first career honor in the offensive category on Sept. 27, Nalls earned his third weekly all-conference honor of his career. Currently in the Big 12, Nalls is in the top three in the following statistical categories – second in total eliminations (261) and third in total points (286.5) and eliminations per set (3.73). She is also fifth in points per set with 4.09.

FAST HITTERS

  • The OU’s 10-2 non-conference record marks its best non-conference start since 2013, with the Gray-Walton era.
  • The Sooners are 189-291 all-time in Big 12 play and 11-16 all-time in conference openers. Under Gray-Walton, OU is 28-35 in Big 12 play and 2-3 in league openers.
  • Eight of OU’s regular-season opponents have earned berths in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, including seven conference opponents — No. 1 Texas, No. 14 Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Virginia — Western. The Longhorns reached the Elite Eight while the Jayhawks and Bears qualified for the Sweet Sixteen.
  • OU will host all Big 12 (eight) teams at home in 2022, including its regular season and senior night against TCU on Nov. 26.

NEXT SERVICE

The Sooners will return to McCasland Field House to host No. 14 Baylor next Wednesday, October 26, before traveling to the Sunflower State to face Kansas next Sunday, October 30, in Lawrence.

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