Sept. 1, 2001

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Oklahoma volleyball team picked up its first win of the season by sweeping Texas-Corpus Christi, 31-29, 30-24, 30-27, in the third match of the Sam Houston Tournament in Huntsville, Texas. Christina Barlow, a native of Choctaw, Okla., led the Sooners with her third double double in as many matches with 11 digs and 11 kills. Barlow also landed two service aces and hit .320 for the match.

"Last night I told the girls to remember that we are The University of Oklahoma and to play with confidence," said OU Head Coach Kalani Mahi. "I wanted them to develop a sense of urgency, and to put our focus and emphasis on taking care of every game."

Junior Lindsay Hoyt (Grapevine, Texas) developed that sense of urgency as she landed a match and career-best 14 kills, without committing an error in 29 total attempts for a solid .483 hitting percentage. Hoyt also contributed two block solos, three digs and three service aces to the Sooners' victory. That urgency also was seen in junior setter Jessica Barney (New Braunfels, Texas) who led the match with 32 assists and hit .500, a team best, with seven kills in 14 attempts. In addition, sophomore outside hitter Logan Pierce (Durango, Colo.) hustled for a team-best 15 digs while Pierce, redshirt-freshman Alexia McWhinney (Katy, Texas) and Candice Woods (Moosomin, SK, Canada) each added six kills.

As a team, the Sooners hit .317 (50k, 11e, 123ta) to Texas-Corpus Christi's .161 (29k-15e-87ta). OU also held an 11-to-4 advantage in service aces throughout the three-game match.

"The win feels very good," said Mahi. "Our focus has been on improving our game and improving as individuals, not as much as on winning and losing.

There was a major improvement on the team's serving and that gives us an opportunity to be in the match," added Mahi.

The Sooners (1-2) finish their tournament play at 8 p.m. tonight with a match against host Sam Houston State.