Nov. 25, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team ended the 2000 season with a three-game loss (15-13, 15-8 and 15-12) to the University of Kansas on Senior Night at the OU Field House in Norman, Okla., Saturday evening. OU (7-21, 2-18 Big 12) made a valiant effort to capture a win in its final match as four Sooners recorded double-digits in the kills column, led by senior middle blocker Cathy Cook and sophomore outside hitter Lindsay Hoyt, who both turned in a 13-kill performance. As a team, Oklahoma recorded one of its best hitting and blocking performances of the Big 12 Conference season with a .269 attack percentage and nine team blocks. Kansas finished the season with a 15-14 overall and 6-14 record in the Big 12 Conference.
"They fought so hard and didn't give up the whole match. It was definitely one of the better matches we've played this season," commented OU Head Coach Kalani Mahi following the contest. "I'm so proud of the way our players competed this season. They worked so hard all season long in the matches and in practice. I'm especially proud of the way our seniors stuck it out through the entire season."
OU jumped out to an early lead in game one, but was forced to battle with KU down the stretch. The Sooners used three service aces to claim a 6-2 lead and held a second lead (11-9) late in the game, before the Jayhawks mounted a comeback. With the game tied at 13, Kansas claimed a sideout and closed out the game with two-straight points to win the first game, 15-13. The Sooners hit .277 for the game and registered almost half of its blocks of the night with four.
Oklahoma was forced to battle back from a 5-0 deficit to begin game two. After claiming a brief 7-6 lead, OU was unable to stop an explosive KU offensive attack as the Jayhawks went on a 9-1 run to win game two, 15-8.
Down 2-0 in the match, the Sooners looked to score a victory in the third game and extend the contest. Oklahoma sprinted out to an 11-3 lead, but allowed Kansas to register nine unanswered points and take a 12-11 lead. The Sooners knotted the game at 12, but the Jayhawks continued to regain possession of the ball and scored the final three points of the game winning game three, 15-12.