Volleyball's Schmitt Impresses In Defeat

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 30, 2003

NORMAN, Okla-  The Oklahoma volleyball team (0-2) dropped another four game match at the Cougar Challenge Saturday afternoon but the  feedback continues to be positive.  The Sooners won the first game 31-29 over Wichita State (1-1) before dropping the final three sets, 30-23, 30-14, 36-34.  Freshman Joanna Schmitt impressed again with a team-high 16 kills, while junior-transfer Keri Coats had another solid outing with eight kills on a .222 (8K-3E-22TA) hitting performance.

Schmitt, who has led the Sooners in kills in both matches this season, continues to be the Sooners go-to attacker and their most consistent passer.  She collected nine digs on Saturday afternoon after posting 18 on Friday night.  The rookie has recorded 75 totals attacks, while no other Sooner is above 50.

Defensively, OU continued its dominance at the net with two solo blocks and 21 block assists.  Freshman Laura Tomes totaled six block assists, one solo block, and five kills.  Senior setter Kelly McCarter collected five block assists, one solo block and 34 assists for the second consecutive match.  OU has out blocked both of its opponents this season.

OU's downfall against the Shockers was on both ends of serving.  OU had 12 service errors as opposed to five aces, while the Shockers tallied 14 aces.

OU senior Christina Maynes moved into sole possession of first place on the career rally scoring kills list with a seven kill outing.  She now has 440 kills in her career and moved past former Sooner Candice Woods who held the lead at 437.

OU's offensive attack improved as they hit .122 (45-29-131), following the .075 performance on Friday evening.

The Shockers had four players with double-digit kills led by senior Jackie Brown with 17. Sara Younes and Darci Yohs collected 12 kills, while Elizabeth Meyers added 11.

OU returns to the court for its final game of the Cougar Challenge at 7 p.m. when it will face San Francisco. 




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