FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Oklahoma is going to the Sweet 16.

When it was announced last Sunday the No. 13 Sooner volleyball team was in the Honolulu Regional, the players cheered, even though they had a quick two rounds to play in Fayetteville, Ark. before they would hit the surf.

Well, Oklahoma took care of Oral Roberts in a sweep Friday night, then swept Missouri State 30-19, 30-22 and 30-19 to advance to the Sweet 16 for only the second time in school history and first since 1988.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for our program,” coach Santiago Restrepo said. “We played some great teams this weekend and we were able to have everything clicking on all cylinders. The best thing I saw out there this weekend was that we were having fun, and that is what it is all about. I’m so proud of our girls and we look forward to the challenges awaiting us in Hawaii.”

The Bears upset host Arkansas Friday, but Oklahoma’s defense was too much for the bracket’s third seed.

The Sooners held Missouri State to a .058 hitting percentage and racked up 12 blocks along the way. Middle blocker Eliane Santos, the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 4.67 kills per game, a .610 hitting percentage and 2.83 blocks per game in the two weekend matches.

Against Missouri State, Santos had a match-high 16 kills on .750 hitting and added two solo blocks and five block assists.

Outside hitter Joanna Schmitt had 11 kills and eight digs for OU.

Libero Anna Monsen had a match-high 12 digs and setter Rachel Jackson and middle blocker Laura Tomes recorded four blocks each.

The Sooners improved to 28-5 on the season with the victory, the most wins of any OU team since 1980.

The Sooners will start things off in Honolulu with a match next Friday night against UCLA.

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