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Oklahoma (3-0), TCU (5-0) and West Virginia (3-0) all went undefeated last week as the league posted a combined 22-10 mark. WVU remains undefeated at 10-0 (the best start in program history), while OU and K-State are 9-1. The Horned Frogs won all five home matches last week and claimed the title at the TCU/Nike Molten Invitational. The Mountaineers have won 30 sets this season, while dropping just four, and have recorded seven sweeps through 10 games.
The Wildcats captured their first win over a ranked opponent on the road since December 2, 2011, with a five-set victory at No. 23 Cal on Saturday. K-State is 4-0 in five-set matches this year and 18-1 in their last 19 five-set matches since 2011. KU also knocked off a ranked opponent in No. 25 Wisconsin to claim the InnTowner Invitational last weekend, while Texas defeated No. 14 Illinois to improve to 3-1 against teams in the top 25.
The Longhorns remain in the top 10 in this week’s AVCA national rankings with a No. 6 spot, while Iowa State dropped to No. 25. K-State and Oklahoma are receiving votes.
Twenty-five matches are on tap this week while conference play begins next Wednesday, Sept. 25, with Texas visiting TCU and Oklahoma hosting Texas Tech. The Longhorns meet former conference foe Nebraska (No. 12) in Austin this Sunday.
Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo recorded his 300th career win on Saturday in OU’s sweep of Middle Tennessee. UT’s Jerritt Elliott also hit a coaching milestone, collecting his 300th victory at Texas and 350th victory of his career in the Longhorns’ win over the Illini on Saturday.
Sallie McLaurin (Oklahoma) became the first volleyball student-athlete to win the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week honor in three straight weeks. McLaurin has opened her senior season by claiming the award in the first three weeks of play. For her career, McLaurin has totaled nine Big 12 weekly awards, which is tied for fifth most in league history. She also became just the sixth student-athlete to tally three or more Offensive Player of the Week honors in the same season and is the first Sooner to do so. The senior leads the league in hitting with a .490 mark, which is fifth nationally, and ranks second in kills (3.97) and blocks (1.33).
Freshmen Katie Brand (K-State) and Jordan Anderson (West Virginia) currently lead the league with six double-doubles each.
Nationally, WVU is one of 12 undefeated teams and ranks ninth in blocks per set with an average of 2.93.