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Volleyball Suffers Difficult Defeat To Iowa State
October 08, 2003

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NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma volleyball team suffered two disappointing losses against Iowa State on Wednesday night. Despite dominated the opening game, the Sooners lost to the Cyclones in four games by a score of 30-22, 20-30, 19-30, 23-30, on Wednesday night at the McCasland Field House. The other loss came with the score at 2-1 in game four, when freshman middle hitter Laura Tomes went down with an undisclosed knee injury.

"Tonight was disappointing in a lot of areas," said OU head coach Kalani Mahi. "We played well in the first game and couldn't get into a rhythm after that. Iowa State made adjustments and we didn't respond well."

OU dominated the first game thanks to seven early kills from Schmitt. Schmitt's seven kills offset her four errors, which accounted for all of the Sooners attack errors in the first session. Senior Christina Maynes had five kills in the early session, while Tomes registered four on eight attacks.

"Personal results don't matter when we lose," said Schmitt. "We came out well and then they (Iowa State) stepped up defensively. We didn't react to their adjustments like we should have."

The Sooners hit .318 in the first game but their efficiency dropped in the final three games. For the match OU hit .136, which was partly due to 14 blocks from the Cyclones. Iowa State hit .238 on the match and rebounded from a dismal .049 in the first game.

The loss of Tomes, who had eight kills, hurt OU in the middle and at the net. Tomes was on pace for one of her trademark high hitting percentage matches. When she left in game four she had eight kills and one error for a hitting percentage of .368.

Schmitt tallied 15 kills in the final three games to finish with 22 on the match, one away from a four game rally-scoring record. Freshman setter Rachel Jackson recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 44 assists and 13 digs. Schmitt turned in her team-leading eighth double-double with 10 digs on top of her 22 kills.

Junior-transfer Stephanie Tengram, who's playing time has increased dramatically in the last three matches, hit double-digits in digs for the first time this season with 11. Senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva turned in nine digs. Sophomore Jennifer Adams has four block assists and five kills with just one error.

Sophomore Sheena Werling replaced Maynes early in the third game and tallied four kills.

OU closes its longest homestand of the season with Kansas, Saturday at 7 p.m., inside the Howard McCasland Field. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

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