NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma volleyball team ended the 2010 campaign ranked 21st in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the season. The Sooners are ranked for the first time since Nov. 26, 2007. OU advanced to the third round of the Championship, falling to eventual national champion Penn State in straight sets.
Oklahoma was one of five Big 12 schools ranked in the final poll – No. 4 Texas, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 22 Missouri and No. 25 Iowa State. In addition to the conference schools, OU faced No. 1 Penn State (loss), No. 20 Tulsa (won) and No. 24 Tennessee (loss) during the year.
The Sooners went 23-11 on the year and finished third in the Big 12 with a 13-7 mark. Junior setter Brianne Barker earned third team All-America honors from the and was named to the All-Central Region first team. Junior right side Suzy Boulavsky earned honorable mention All-Region honors. Barker and Boulavsky earned first team All-Big 12 honors and freshman Sallie McLaurin was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and to the All-Big 12 freshman team.
Oklahoma graduates two seniors from the 2010 squad – Sarah Freudenrich and Chrissy Disarro. The Sooners are expected to return five starters in addition to libero Maria Fernanda.