The final set was just a replay of the first two. West Virginia was unable to do anything near the net as Oklahoma’s front line smashed anything that came across.
But it was the Sooners’ active defense that flustered the Mountaineers. When they were able to get a shot past the net, Taylor Migliazzo, Rodriguez and Doyle dug out the potential kills and gave their front line players a chance to notch a point for the home team.
West Virginia made a run in the third set and closed gap to 23-20 as Hannah Shreve and Evyn McCoy began to have success at the net.
But when McCoy served it into the net, it gave the Sooners a chance at game point. And it was Ward who put it away with a spike attempt that was blocked out of bounds. The Sooners won 25-20.
McLaurin led the Sooners with 14 kills while Doyle had 37 assists and six digs. Ward was a stat filler with 11 kills, three digs and two blocked shots.
As a team, the Sooners collected 45 kills to the Mountaineers’ 27.
“We are blessed to have so many tall players and people who aren’t afraid to take a swing,” Holst said. “Every time we went up there, we had a mindset to kill it.”
Since losing to Kansas on Oct. 9, Oklahoma has now won four straight matches. This was their second sweep in that time span.
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