Horns Rout the Sooners in 2016, A Brief History of the Red River Rivalry on the Court

 

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(Chiaka Ogbogu spikes the ball against two Oklahoma blockers in last year’s matchup on October 12th, where Texas won 3-1)

Throughout the years, the Texas Longhorns have maintained a winning tradition against rival university Oklahoma on the volleyball court. The series for the rivalry demonstrates this dominance with the longhorns having won 47 of the 51 head to head matchups. The last time the horns lost to the Sooners was October 25th, 2014 where the horns dropped three straight sets and the longhorns who were ranked number two in the nation were embarrassed on their own campus. Yet, later that year the horns traveled to Norman and got revenge in a thrilling 3-2 win over OU.

In 2016, the teams have faced twice, and twice the longhorns have smothered the Sooners, resulting in a 3-1 win on September 28th in Norman, and most recently on October 28th, where the horns didn’t allow Oklahoma to win a single set and dominated OU 3-0. Freshman sensation Micaya White led both matchups in kills where she recorded a season record 26 kills in one game and left the Sooners astonished by her versatility on the court. She has had a breakout year thus far, after being redshirted last year and learning the system that coach Jerritt Elliott has so masterfully designed for this team.

Texas continues to impress year after year with strong teams and incredible young players, while OU is consistently middle of the pack and very average. History has proven that Texas is the dominant team between the two, yet Oklahoma can always pull off an upset that could ruin a season with high title hopes like they have in the past. These teams will always play each other twice a year, so it’ll be interesting to see if the series still remains skewed so heavily towards Texas.

-Matthew Johnson

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