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Sooner Volleyball Vs. No. 5 Kansas State Live
November 18, 2003

The Weekly Slate

Vs. No. 5 Kansas State
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Howard McCasland Field House    7p.m.

At Texas
Saturday, Nov. 22
Gregory Gymnasium    7p.m.

The Lowdown
The Oklahoma (11-17, 3-13) volleyball team faces No. 5 Kansas State (25-3, 15-1) and its 13 match win-streak Wednesday evening at the Howard McCasland Field House.   First serve is set for 7p .m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Live Stats                       Live Video

OU Season Stats            K-State Season Stats

OU Weekly Release       K-State Weekly Release

First place Kansas State has a two match lead in the Big 12 after completing a season sweep of Nebraska last weekend.  K-State has a 25-3 record and has gone 23-1 since dropping its first two matches of the season.

The Wildcats are led by senior Lauren Goehring who averages 3.26 kills per game while hitting at a Big 12 best .401 clip.  Goehring’s hitting percentage is 50 points better than the next best attacker in conference.  Goehring is the clear favorite for Big 12 Player of the Year.

Junior outside hitter Valeria Hejjas turns in a team-best 3.5 kills per game.  Senior libero Lauren Downey Wallace leads the Big 12 with 4.08 digs per game.  Double-threat Gabby Guerre averages 12.01 assists per game and leads all Big 12 setters with 1.58 kills  per game.

Kansas State leads the all-time series 41-17-1 and has won nine straight.

As for the Sooners
OU’s five game loss against Missouri was significant for a number of reasons.  OU rebounded from one of its poorest outings of the year against Kansas (11/12) and nearly knocked off the Tigers.  The Sooners set a number of records in defeat.
Senior Christina Maynes set an rally scoring record with 30 kills and became the first Sooner to accomplish the feat under Mahi.  The last Sooner to reach 30 kills was Patrice Arrington during the 1997 season.  Maynes also broke the rally scoring record for total attacks with 69. 

Freshman Joanna Schmitt tied the record for digs with 20.  Freshman Rachel Jackson tied her own single match assists mark with 56 helpers.

As for team records, OU’s kills (75), total attacks (209), assists (72) and digs (90) were rally scoring bests.

Schmitt went a long way towards garnering the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award by posting better numbers than Mizzou’s Jessica Vander Kooi in every significant category.  Missouri won the match but the showdown between rookie standouts went to Schmitt.   Below are each players stat lines from Saturday’s (11/15) match.

Schmitt
Kills Hitting % Aces Digs Blocks
24 .268 2 20 4
Vander Kooi
9 .049 1 14 1

The two rookie outside hitters are fairly close in a number of categories.  Schmitt leads all Big 12 freshman in kills and is second to Vander Kooi by one hundredth of a point in digs.  Below are their respective rankings among Big 12 true-freshmen.

Filling In, Stepping Up
The injuries keep piling up for OU.  The latest to head to the disabled list are Keri Coats and Jennifer Mosso.  Both have been sidelined for the last two matches and are out indefinetely with ankle injuries.

The one bright spot health wise for the Sooners is Jennifer Adams, who has returned from an ankle injury. When Coats was pulled at No. 21 Texas A&M, Adams returned to the lineup in impressive fashion.  After missing six consecutive matches, Adams had eight kills and hit .500 in three games of action in College Station.  Adams was solid against Missouri with 10 kills and a match-high six block assists.

Coats, who hasn’t played middle since high school, was exceptional after switching positions.  Excluding the Nebraska match, when Coats struggled, she averaged 1.95 kills per game while hitting .293 and collecting 1.10 blocks per game.

After playing 11 matches at defensive specialist OU head coach Kalani Mahi moved Maynes back to outside hitter.  Since returning to the left side she has averaged 3.60 kills per game while hitting .210 and tallying a team-best 2.81 digs per game.

Kudos go out to freshman setter Anna Monsen who is filling in admirably at right side hitter.  Monsen had a career-best 15 digs against Missouri.

Cracking Big 12 Record Books
The most impressive fact about the astonishing number of kills that Joanna Schmitt has recorded this season (445) is where her yearly total would rank at other Big 12 schools.  With four matches remaining the freshman from Wisconsin is on pace to record 508 kills.  Her season total would rank no lower than seventh all-time at any of the Big 12 schools.  Her projected total ranks in the top five at every school except for Baylor and Nebraska.  The mark would set the all-time single season record at Kansas, while ranking second at Colorado and Missouri.

Quick Hits
-   Joanna Schmitt’s 20-20 (24 kills, 20 digs) was a first during the Kalani Mahi era.  Schmittt was the first Sooner to accomplish the feat since 1997, when Melissa Peterson had 27 kills and 28 digs against Texas Tech on Oct 18, 1997.   

-  OU had not taken a single game from ranked conference opponent since 1999 (Kansas State) before pushing  No. 21 Texas A&M four games on Saturday (11/8).  OU took a game from No. 19 Washington State in the Cougar Classic, which was the first time they accomplished the feat against a non-conference opponent since 1998. 

-  OU hit above. 200 eight times last season.  The Sooners have hit above .200, 13 times this season and in 13 of the last 25 contests, including both matches with Baylor.  OU has hit above .200 five times since the beginning of conference play. OU is 8-4 when it hits above .200 and 2-3 when they reach the mark in conference this season.

-  OU is one win shy of equaling its conference win total (4) from 2002 and doubling its season win total (6) from last season.
  
Block Party
With four matches remaining the Sooners have  241 total blocks, which already tops the 180 posted by the Sooners in 2002.  At their current pace, OU will record 275 total blocks this season.  OU ranks eighth in the conference in blocks per game (2.32).  Jennifer Adams and Laura Tomes are tied for No. 3 in the Big 12 with 1.15 blocks per game.

Schmitt Breaks Another Record
After breaking the rally scoring single season kills record on Oct. 29, Joanna Schmitt added a second record to her expanding resume.  She broke the rally scoring single season digs record of Logan Pierce (263 in 2001) with 10 digs on Wednesday night against Kansas.  Schmitt currnetly has 286 digs and 445 kills this season.  With five matches remaining she is one pace to approach a 500 kill-300 dig season.  Only five Sooners have accomplished the feat.  Schmitt has  taken 1,214 swings this season, which is the seventh best mark in OU history.  Her current kill total of 445 is the 10th best single season total in OU history.

Double-Trouble
Joanna Schmitt has gone to the well for double-doubles on 14 occasions this season.   Schmitt’s total ranks as the second best mark and fourth best individual total in the Big 12.  She leads all Big 12 freshman in double-doubles and has recorded a double-double in four consecutive matches.  Eight (57%) of her 14 double-doubles have come during conference play.  Below is a list of the top individuals in the conference:

1. Tisha Schwartz, Baylor 15
Shen Danru, Mizzou 15
Jennifer Saleaumua, Nebraska  15
4. Joanna Schmitt,  OU 14
Nicole Carr, Colorado  14
Sarah Rome, Kansas 14
Kelly Johnson, Tech 14
Melissa Munsch, A&M 14
9.  Brittany Dalager, Iowa State 13
Laura Jones, A&M  13
11. Mira Topic, Texas 11

Maynes Half Way to 600-600
OU senior Christina Maynes moved into first place on the OU career rally scoring digs list with 15 digs in a double-double effort at Baylor (10/1). She passed 2002 graduate Denise Griffin who had 461 and stands alone at the top with 596.  Maynes  took over sole possession on the OU career rally scoring kills list after recording 15 kills during Cougar Challenge play.  She now has 621 kills and is the first and only Sooner to surpass 600 kills since the inception of rally scoring. 

Assaulting the Record Book
In 28 career matches Joanna Schmitt has led OU in total attacks 23 times, kills 23 times and digs 10 times.  She is on pace to break a number of records.  With four matches remaining she already owns the OU rally scoring kills record with a current total of 445.  She became the first Sooner in the rally scoring era (2001) to record 400 kills in a season and just the 13th player in OU history to top 400 kills in a single season.  Schmitt is on pace to record 508 kills this season, which would be the sixth best single-season total in OU volleyball history, regardless of scoring system.  The favorite target of OU’s setters is on pace to take 1,387 swings this year, a mark that would tie for third in OU history.  At her current pace Schmitt will easily top 400 kills and 300 digs.  Only six players in OU history have turned in 400 kills and 300 digs in a single season, while only five Sooners have ever recorded a 500-300 season.  She has 286 digs, which is also a rally scoring record, breaking the previous mark of Logan Pierce (263).   Schmitt’s 445 kills is the 10th best single season total in OU history.  She is currently seven on the OU all-time single season list with 1,213 total attacks.

Many Signs Of Improvement
OU is projected to easily top all of its numbers from last season.  OU’s averages are up in every category and the improvement has been significant in every area except digs.  The biggest improvement has come in kills, where OU averaged 12.68 in 2002 and is up nearly one kill per game at 13.58.  OU has already topped its kill total from last season (1176) with 1412 in 2003 and is projected to best last season by 437.

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