OU Suffers Sixth-Straight Loss To No. 1 Nebraska, 3-0

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 23, 2000

Sept. 23, 2000

Lincoln, Neb. - Facing their second top 25 ranked team in as many matches, the Oklahoma volleyball team suffered it's sixth-straight loss to top-ranked Nebraska Saturday night. The Huskers defeated the Sooners in a three-game sweep, 15-5, 15-4, 15-3, in front of 4,175 at the Nebraska Coliseum. The loss dropped OU's record to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference, while Nebraska kept a perfect record at 11-0 and 4-0 in the league.

Despite having six of 10 players landing kills in the match, the Sooners as a team registered their lowest hitting percentage of the season at -.011. The Cornhuskers used a balanced scoring attack during the match as well as seven players recorded kills, led by senior outside hitter Kim Behrends with seven. Outside hitters Lindsay Hoyt and Maria Holmgren provided the most consistent attack for the Oklahoma offense throughout the match. Holmgren posted a .222 hitting percentage to lead the team and recorded a match-high eight kills, while Hoyt turned in a .111 attack percentage.

The Cornhuskers came out and dominated the court early. During game one, Nebraska recorded it's highest hitting percentage of the match at .500 (11k-3e-16ta). The Huskers also established a formidable defensive front by posting eight of it's 12 block assists on the night during game one. Both Holmgren and Hoyt contributed two kills a piece in the first game to pace OU offensively. Both Holmgren's and Hoyt's kills in game one sparked a brief 4-2 Oklahoma run late in the game. However, Hoyt's final kill of the game, to bring the score to 13-5 in favor of Nebraska, would end the scoring for the Sooners as the Huskers closed out the next two points.

The Sooner's rebounded slightly on the offensive end in game two. OU's leading hitter, senior Cathy Cook, who was held to eight-of-18 hitting with four errors during the match, recorded half of her match total in game two alone. Two of Cook's four kills in the game came during another late run for the Sooners. The 3-0 run by OU brought the score to 9-4 before Nebraska once again stifled Oklahoma's scoring attack and won 15-4.

Hitting errors plagued OU during the final game of the match as the Sooners registered 14 errors in game three and hit for a -.118 hitting percentage.

The Sooners return home for their second home match of the season as they host the Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday night. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the OU Field House.



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