Oct. 27, 2000
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Oklahoma volleyball team failed to produce a consistent scoring threat Friday night against No. 21 Texas A&M as the Aggies dominated the match winning, 15-4, 15-5 and 15-9, in front of 1,351 fans at the G. Rollie White Coliseum in College Station, Texas. The Aggies (15-5, 10-3 Big 12) spread the court as 11 players registered a kill in the match and two setters dished out 20 assists or more each. OU's kills leader, senior middle blocker Cathy Cook, paced the Sooner attack with a team-high 14 kills and four block assists. Oklahoma dropped to 6-14 overall and 1-11 in the Big 12 Conference with the loss.
Poor hitting and a near-flawless Texas A&M offensive attack plagued Oklahoma in game one. The Sooners recorded 12 kills and committed nine errors, while the Aggies nailed 18 kills with only three hitting errors. After allowing the Aggies to jump out to a 7-0 lead, the Sooners briefly climbed back into the game. Senior outside hitter Maria Holmgren served three-straight points capped off by a kill by sophomore outside hitter Lindsay Hoyt. Texas A&M forced a side out before Hoyt got the ball back for the Sooners by posting her second-consecutive kill. Hoyt would again figure in on the next play as she and Cook combined to block an Aggie attack, and narrow the lead to 7-4. The point would be Oklahoma's final point of the game as Texas A&M went on an 8-0 spurt to end game one, 15-4.
Game two mirrored the first game as the Aggie attackers produced another strong hitting performance. Oklahoma's defense was unable to stop Texas A&M's leading hitter, outside hitter Erin Gibson, as the junior recorded eight of her match-high 18 kills in the game.
Two block assists and a triple block helped OU gain a 5-1 advantage to begin game three. Cook registered over half her kills for the match as she cranked out eight kills, without an error, to keep OU in the game early. However, a 9-0 spurt by TAMU put the game out of reach for OU as the Sooners were unable to rally from the deficit.
Oklahoma will return home and begin preparing for the nation's top team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Sooners host the match on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. inside the OU Fieldhouse.