University of Oklahoma Athletics

AMES, Iowa— second grader Megan Wilson set a program record for service aces in a single season at 55 as the Oklahoma volleyball team lost a four-set match 3-1 Wednesday night at the Hilton Coliseum in Iowa.

OU trailed 2-0 in the match after Iowa State won the first two sets. The Sooners came back in the third set 25-17 to keep the match alive, but the Cyclones ultimately prevailed and won the match 25-18 25-23 17-25 25-23. Iowa State led OU in four of the six statistical categories, except for blocks (12-7) and service aces, where each team fielded seven each.

The Sooners fell to 15-12 overall and 5-10 in Big 12 play, while the Cyclones improved to 19-11 and 10-6 in league play.

“I thought we fought hard and braced ourselves for a good service game after the first set,” said the head coach Lindsey Gray-Walton said. “The spirit of competition has been constant throughout. Outwardly we support the sum of our parts and this is another learning moment for a group committed to the process of appearing in competition every day.”

Wilson led the Sooners’ offense with an impressive 18 kills, putting them ninth in program history with 356 for a single season. Her two aces of serve on the night propelled her to the top of the record books with 55 aces of serve in a single season.

In her 12th match with double-digit kills, freshman Taylor Preston scored 11 kills during the night. second grader Payton Chamberlain scored her seventh game of the season with 40+ assists after giving up 42 on the night. Both Preston and Chamberlain each earned 10 digs to both win their fourth double-double of the season. This was Preston’s fourth career double-double and Chamberlain’s seventh.

Defensive, second libero Callie Kemohah led the way with 16 digs to place her seventh in program history for digs in a single season (462). Kemohah also scored two aces to bring her season total to 27, where she still sits seventh overall.

“Not the result we wanted tonight, but the growth we’ve seen in our court leaders from Megan and Callie this season is special and something the stats don’t show,” Gray-Walton noted. “Both have upped their level of diligence and consistency and it shows in how they compete. That’s our backbone… I’m really proud as a coach to see the breakout roles for each of them throughout the season. “

student in the first year Chloe Kaminski Her fifth match this season with the 11th student also increased in double digits Adria Oliver led the Sooners in blocks totaling six, including five block assists. Wilson chipped four blocks in the freshman Morgan Perkins added three.

Iowa State came out strong in the first set to take a 4-1 lead. Despite coming back strong after four straight kills (including three from Wilson), the Sooners took a 7-5 lead. In a back-and-forth battle, the Cyclones took the lead back to a 14-9 final score after a 5-0 run. After the media timeout, Kemohah’s ace of serve and Preston’s kill put the match at 16-15. Iowa State would go on a 4-0 run to secure the first set 25-18.

The Cyclones and Sooners struggled early in the second set before Iowa State went 7-4 on a 4-0 run. Iowa State would lead by three, 15-12 before the media timeout. After the break, the Cyclones took a six-point lead with a 4-0 run. The Sooners would hit back with their own 4-0 run to cut the lead to 19-17. After an OU time-out, the Sooners brought the set within two, but Iowa State prevailed to win the second set 25-23.

Trailing 2-0 in the match, OU came out in set three. The Sooners struggled with the Cyclones but eventually took a 9-5 lead after a 4-0 run to force a timeout at Iowa State. After the break, OU extended the lead to 14-7 after a 5-0 run with an ace of serve from Wilson to set the program record in a single season (55). student in the first year Alexis Shelton scored a kill to secure the 25-17 third set win and forced a fourth set.

It was a fight for every point in the fourth and final set until the Cyclones went 3-0 to lead the set 15-12 before the media timeout erupted. The Sooners eventually took the lead by a 20-19 lead after Wilson’s back-to-back kills forced a timeout at Iowa State. After the break, the Cyclones reclaimed the lead 22-20 after two attacking errors by the Sooners. The Cyclones finished the set on a 3-0 run to win the final set 25-23 and win the match on Thanksgiving Eve and their Senior Night.

The Sooners return to McCasland Field House at 6:00 p.m. CT on Saturday for their regular season finale and senior night against TCU. OU will recognize three seniors – Adria Oliver, Savannah Davison and Grace Talpasch – all of which will be honored in a post-game ceremony.

For Saturday’s game, Oklahoma is offering fans a special opportunity to gain access to an exciting and exclusive online Black Friday deal with group tickets priced at $3 per ticket. Click here for the special offer.

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