OU Weekly Sport Notes (9-13)

This season marks the first in school history that the Sooners have two McDonald's All-Americans on the roster at the same time (Blake Griffin and Willie Warren) ... Captains for this year's team are senior Taylor Griffin, junior Tony Crocker and sophomore Blake Griffin.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

This Week: Jeff Capel's Sooners, who last week were picked No. 1 in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll, begin official practice on Friday, Oct. 17.

Notes: This season marks the first in school history that the Sooners have two McDonald's All-Americans on the roster at the same time (Blake Griffin and Willie Warren) ... Captains for this year's team are senior Taylor Griffin, junior Tony Crocker and sophomore Blake Griffin.

Web:
http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-baskbl/okla-m-baskbl-body.html

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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Last Week: The Sooners were voted No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll.  OU claimed seven of a possible 11 first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team) to lead a close second-place vote between Texas and Iowa State, respectively.

This Week:  OU begins practice Friday, Oct. 17, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.  The Sooners will also be present at next week's Big 12 Media Conferences in Oklahoma City (Wednesday, Oct. 22).

Notes: The OU women's basketball team returns 11 players, including four starters, from last year's team.  Leading the charge will be three-time consensus first-team All-American Courtney Paris and Big 12 Freshman of the Year Danielle Robinson.

Web: http://soonersports.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/100808aaa.html

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 WOMEN'S GOLF

Last Week:
 Carol Ludvigson's Sooners finished in fifth place at the 13-team Windy City Collegiate Championships in Skokie, Ill.  The 54-hole tournament was played at the 6,350-yard, par-72 Evanston Golf Course and was hosted by Northwestern University.  Sophomore Ellen Mueller (third place) and senior Kendall Dye (ninth place) both finished in the top 10.

This week: The Sooners return to the links Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 13-15) at the 18-team Price's "Give 'Em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.  New Mexico State University will host the 54-hole tournament at the 6,319-yard, par-72 New Mexico State University Golf Course.   Eighteen holes will be played each day with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. MST Monday and Tuesday, and at 7:45 a.m. MST on Wednesday. 

Notes: OU heads to New Mexico looking to defend last year's Price's "Give ‘Em Five" championship title ... Senior Kendall Dye, sophomores Ellen Mueller and Sara Hemingway and freshman Brooke Collins will compete in their third tournament of the season while freshman Kelly Short will participate in her second ... Senior Staci Smoot will make her season debut for the Sooners, competing as an individual this week.

 

Web:  http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-golf/spec-rel/100708aaa.html

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SOCCER

Last Week:  The Sooners finished 0-1-1 over the weekend with a pair of home games that started with a 2-0 loss to No. 22 Missouri on Friday.  OU (1-12-1 overall, 0-4-1 Big 12) bounced back on Sunday to snap a 10-game losing skid with a 1-1 double overtime tie versus Kansas on Sunday.

This Week:  The Sooners will play at No. 10 Texas (9-2-2, 2-2-1) on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. and then head to Waco, Texas, to battle Baylor (5-7-2, 1-3-1) on Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.


Notes:  Sophomore forward Whitney Palmer scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season against Kansas.  The goal was the 12th of Palmer's career, which places her in sole possession of 10th place all-time on OU's career goals scored list … The Sooners have five games remaining in the regular season, with the final three played at home.


Web:  http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-soccer/okla-w-soccer-body.html

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MEN'S TENNIS

Last Week: Three Sooners participated in the ITA All-American in Tulsa, Okla. Sophomore Ionut Beleleu, who was able to advance out of pre-qualifying, and senior Sergey Avdeyev both won matches in the qualifying round. Avdeyev fell one round short of advancing to the main draw in singles.  No. 22 Andrei Daescu fell in his first match in the main draw on Thursday.

This Week: Oklahoma continues its fall slate with another ITA tournament in Fayetteville, Ark. The ITA Central Regional Championships kick off on Friday Oct. 17.

Notes: Ionut Beleleu had his fall winning streak snapped at seven on Tuesday with a loss to Florida's Carlos Cuento, 6-3, 6-2.

 

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WOMEN'S TENNIS

Last Week:
The women's tennis team traveled to Evanston, Ill., to compete in the Wildcat Invitational, Oct. 10-12.   The Sooners posted a combined 18-23 record over the three-day tournament, with a 13-15 record in singles and 5-8 in doubles. Redshirt freshman Kristin Gray led the team in singles, posting a 3-1 record over the weekend.

This Week: The Sooners head to Salt Lake City, Oct. 15-18,  to compete in the ITA Central Regional Championship Tournament. 

Notes: In Evanston, the team faced its toughest competition this season. Out of the 10 teams competing in the Wildcat Invitational, seven finished the 2007-2008 season in the ITA top 75 ... Northwestern, the host school, finished last season ranked No. 2 nationally and has five individuals ranked in the 2008 preseason ITA top 125 in singles. 

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/101208aab.html

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VOLLEYBALL

Last Week: The Oklahoma volleyball team battled but was unable to upset second-ranked Nebraska as the Huskers won in straight sets in front of a sold out crowd of 4,091 at Nebraska Coliseum on Oct. 8. The Sooners fell 25-16, 25-19 and 25-14 to the Huskers. The team fell in five sets to 16th-ranked Kansas State on Oct. 11. The Sooners (7-10, 3-5 BIG 12) won the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-22, but the Wildcats responded, taking the third set 26-24 and the last two, 25-20 and 15-9.

This week:  OU hosts Colorado Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. before hitting the road to take on Kansas Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Notes: All four of Oklahoma's true freshmen saw playing time at Nebraska, including defensive specialist Kylie Cowan, who saw action for the first time this season ... One of those freshman, Caitlin Higgins, led OU with her seventh double-double of the season with 11 kills and 13 digs ... Against Kansas State, Higgins tallied her eighth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 14 digs ... Freshman Brianne Barker added her ninth of the season with 40 assists and 12 digs ... Sophomore Chrissy Disarro tallied a career-high 11 kills and led the Sooners with a .333 hitting clip.

Promotions: The first 250 fans in attendance at Wednesday night's game will receive an OU volleyball pennant.


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