Volleyball in Oklahoma

Wichita State heads to Norman on Friday for the NCAA Tournament.

Schedule

Friday

LSU vs. Tulsa, 5 p.m.

Wichita State at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Championship, 2 p.m.

Here is OU’s tournament Web site.

I will join coach Chris Lamb in wondering why this field of four isn’t coming to Koch Arena. WSU and OU appear to own similar resumes. WSU won the head–to-head matchup. OU’s McCasland Field House is nobody’s idea of a top-notch facility. WSU draws much better, and Sooner fans are going to be focused on the Big 12 football game.Before the announcement, Lamb speculated that OU couldn’t host because of McCasland’s inadequacies. It’s an old building without much luxury to it. It’s adequate, nothing more, and makes volleyball seems like a second-class sport.

Given a chance to reward fans who are enthusiastic about volleyball and bring NCAA volleyball to a new city, the NCAA declines. I don’ t get it.

“I’m kind of surprised it’s not happening here,” Lamb said. “We have a better facility. OU’s been dinged before because of facilities and locker rooms.”