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September 30, 2012

Sooners top Mountaineers for Big 12 win

NORMAN — Coming off a disappointing showing at No. 9 Texas, Oklahoma struggled early Saturday night at Howard McCasland Field House, where West Virginia visited for the Sooners’ first match in a week.

After dropping the first set to the Mountaineers, the Sooners found their stride, claiming the next three sets to move to 13-4 overall and 2-1 against Big 12 competition.

The 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-12) victory eventually became one of the Sooners’ better outings of the season behind 13 kills from Sallie McLaurin and 10 each from Tara Dunn and Kierra Holst. The three were also notable for terrific hitting percentages (McLaurin .500, Dunn .400, Holst .476).

“I think after we settled down, we played a lot better,” OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. “West Virginia took it to us in the first set and they definitely deserved to win it … We weren’t rushing as much in the second, third and fourth sets. We weren’t as anxious.”

After OU claimed the second set, the Sooners trailed 6-1 in the third set. But after evening the set 16-16, the Sooners claimed 34 of the match’s last 50 points to claim victory.

The Mountaineers (8-8, 0-3) hit at a .103 clip. The Sooners hit a healthy .314.

OU returns to the court at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Wichita State.

 

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