Oct. 7, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team ran into another formidable Big 12 Conference opponent on Saturday as they were swept, 15-4, 15-9 and 15-7, by Kansas State at the OU Field House. Despite battling with the Wildcats early in each game, the Sooners were unable to stop KSU's offensive attack as the team combined for a .315 hitting percentage in the match and three players registered double-digits in kills. OU's record dropped to 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the conference, while KSU improved to 11-4 overall and 5-2 in Big 12 play.
"Kansas State has a very strong team, but I didn't think they'd be able to dominate us like they did," expressed OU Head Coach Kalani Mahi after the match. "We would battle with them at certain times of each game, but against tough Big 12 teams, you have to be consistent throughout the entire match."
The Sooners struggled in game one landing only five kills and committing 10 errors for a -.208 attack percentage. However, Oklahoma's offense rebounded in games two and three. OU jumped out to an early 4-2 lead as senior middle blocker Cathy Cook, who led the team with 11 kills, recorded four kills in the first six points of game two alone. Later in the game, the Sooners held the Wildcats at a 7-7 tie, before Kansas State pulled away with six unanswered points en route to a 15-7 win.
OU once again hung closely with KSU in the final game. Down 7-3, the Sooners climbed back into the game, aided by kills from seniors Holly McMillan and Maria Holmgren, to threaten the Wildcats at 7-5. However, Kansas State clinched the game and the match by going on another late spurt to put Oklahoma away.
"I believe this team will recover from this loss and has the ability to compete tough the rest of the season," added Coach Mahi.
The Sooners will begin to prepare for a Wednesday, Oct. 11 match at Texas. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in Gregory Gymnasium.