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Volleyball Falls To San Francisco
August 30, 2003

NORMAN, Okla.- The Oklahoma (0-3) volleyball team was swept by San Francisco (3-0) in its final match of the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash.  The Sooners fell to the Dons, who won the Cougar Challenge tourney title, despite another outstanding effort from freshman outside hitter Joanna Schmitt.

"We are dissapointed in the way we finished but there were a lot of bright spots this weekend," said OU head coach Kalani Mahi.  "Our blocking was a high point.  We didn't work extensively on our blocking during the preseason, yet we still outblocked two of the teams we faced."

Schmitt was named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament team after another standout performance against the Dons.  Schmitt finished a breakout weekend with 11 kills and five digs. The rookie from Cottage Grove, Wis., began her Sooner career as OU's offensive leader in all three matches.

"Our freshman and newcomers all stood out," said Mahi.  "Joanna's outdone freshman expectations and was the leader of our offensive attack this weekend.  She, and all the freshman, did an excellent job of handling the stress and pressure this weekend."

Sophomre Sheena Werling pounded eight kills, a personal best on the weekend, and five digs.  Junior-transfer Keri Coats led OU with three service aces, something that Mahi saw as a high point.

"We served very well this weekend," said Mahi.  "It was definetely one of the high points."

After decisively outblocking Washington State and Wichita State, OU did not outblock San Francisc but its net play was still consistent.  Sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Adams tallied three block assists and one solo block, to go along with three kills.

OU returns to the tournament road as they enter the Chattanooga Invitational, which begins Friday, Sept. 5.   The Sooners face Drake and Tennessee-Chattanooga on Friday, followed by Morehead State and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 6.

 

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