Sept. 27, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team battled back from a 2-1 game deficit to defeat Iowa State, 3-2 (15-8, 18-20, 11-15, 15-3 and 15-8), in a thrilling match in front of 1,815 fans at the OU Field House Wednesday night. The two teams forced 13 ties during the match and game two required extra points. Seniors Maria Holmgren and Holly McMillan registered double-double performances to lead the Sooners (6-6, 1-3 Big 12) to their first Big 12 Conference and home victories of the season. Iowa State fell to 2-10 overall and remained winless in the conference at 0-5.
Oklahoma senior middle blocker Cathy Cook recorded a match-high 27 kills to lead three Sooners in double-digit kills. Holmgren posted her second double-double of the season with 19 kills and 12 digs, while McMillan scored her third double-double of the year by landing a season-high 20 kills and 11 digs. McMillan also established herself at the net by racking up six total blocks, including two solo.
In game one, the score remained tight until the halfway mark when the Sooners pulled away as sophomore Elizabeth Newman served four-straight points, aided by kills from Holmgren and McMillan and two Cyclone attack errors, to propel the squad out to a 13-7 advantage as OU went on to win 15-8. Holmgren tallied seven kills in the first game alone.
Game two required extra points as the Sooners squandered an 11-7 lead and allowed the Cyclones to climb back into the game and win 20-18. Iowa State also claimed game three as Oklahoma hit for a team match-low .188.
Facing defeat, the Sooners regained momentum in games four and five enroute to victory. OU opened game four with seven-straight points and recorded six of the team's 10 block assists in the match. Cook took over and dominated in the final two games landing nine kills in 15 attacks, without an error.
Oklahoma will look to capitalize on their latest defeat as they travel to Waco, Texas, this weekend to take on Baylor. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.