Aug. 16, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior Cathy Cook was named to the 2000 preseason All-Big 12 Conference volleyball team after being named the 1999 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. The Irvine, Calif., native is the team's top returning hitter and middle blocker. She ended last season ranked 29th in the nation and third in the league in hitting efficiency with a .358. Cook also was selected to the 1999 All-Big 12 honorable mention team.

Texas A&M setter Jenna Moscovic and Nebraska setter Greichaly Cepero are the preseason co-Players of the Year. Selected as co-Newcomers of the Year are Colorado's Sara Frederickson and Texas' Katia Lara and Nebraska's Anna Schrad is the preseason pick for Freshman of the Year in a vote by league head coaches released by the conference office earlier this week.

As a team, the Sooners are picked to finish 10th, while Nebraska is the preseason favorite to win the league title. Nebraska received nine of the possible 11 first-place votes. The polling was based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system with a first-place vote receiving 10 points. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. The Huskers have locked up three of the four conference titles since 1996. Texas won top honors in 1997.

Texas A&M, the 1999 league runner-up, placed second followed by 1997 Big 12 Champion Texas. Kansas State places fourth, while Baylor is fifth. Colorado, who has led the conference in team kills and assists for the last four seasons, is in sixth. Texas Tech is the seventh selection, Kansas is eighth, and Missouri was voted ninth. Oklahoma is 10th while Iowa State is 11th.

Oklahoma starts its season under first year head coach Kalani Mahi on Friday, Sept. 1, at 11:30 a.m. against New Mexico State as part of the Lamar Tournament in Beaumont, Texas. The Sooners will open their home schedule at the OU Field House on Wednesday, Sept. 20, against Big 12 opponent Texas A&M at 7 p.m.

Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches Poll

1.Nebraska98
2.Texas A&M86
3.Texas82
4.Kansas State77
5.Baylor65
6.Colorado56
7.Texas Tech46
8.Kansas34
9.Missouri25
10.Oklahoma21
11.Iowa State15

2000 Big 12 Conference Preseason Team

Player, SchoolPos.Ht.Cl.Hometown (Last School)
*Disney Bronnenberg, Kansas StateS5-9Jr.Bloomington, Ind. (Bloomington North)
Liz Wegner, Kansas StateOH5-10Jr.Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)
Greichaly Cepero, NebraskaS6-2So.Dorado, Puerto Rico (McDonogh)
Amber Holmquist, NebraskaMB6-4So.Houston, Texas (Alief Hastings)
*Cathy Cook, OklahomaMB6-2Sr.Irvine, Calif. (Irvine)
Kathy Tilson, TexasOH6-0Jr.Austin, Texas (Westlake)
Jenna Moscovic, Texas A&MS5-11Jr.Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary's)

Players of the Year:

Player, SchoolPos.Ht.Cl.Hometown (Last School)
*Greichaly Cepero, NebraskaS6-2So.Dorado, Puerto Rico (McDonogh)
*Jenna Moscovic, Texas A&MS5-11Jr.Stockton, Calif. (St. Mary's)

Newcomers of the Year:

Player, SchoolPos.Ht.Cl.Hometown (Last School)
*Sara FredericksonMB6-2So.Pagosa Springs, Colo. (Pagosa Springs/UCSB)
*Katia LaraOH6-1Jr.Sao Paulo, Brazil (E.E.P.G. Javelino de Oliveria/Barton CC)

Freshman of the Year:

Player, SchoolPos.Ht.Cl.Hometown (Last School)
Anna Schrad, NebraskaOH6-2Fr.Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X)

* - Ties occurred in voting