Sept. 28, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - Coming off a thrilling five-game win over Iowa State at home on Wednesday night, the Oklahoma volleyball team looks to capitalize on their recent victory as they head to Waco, Texas, Saturday to battle Baylor. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. inside the Ferrell Center. Both teams will be looking for their second-straight Big 12 Conference victory. OU heads into the match with a 6-6 overall record and 1-3 conference record, while Baylor stands at 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Baylor has begun to narrow the margin in the all-time series between the two teams in recent years. Although the Sooners own a 15-7 all-time edge, the Bears have won three of the last four contests against OU, including both match ups in 1999. The last time Oklahoma won in Waco was in 1997 when the Sooners stole a 3-1 victory on the Bears' home court.
The Sooners 3-2 win over the Cyclones ended a six-match losing streak for OU. The victory also gave Oklahoma its first conference and home wins of the season. Several season highs were established by the team, such as most kills (88), assists (77), block solos (5) and equalling a high in service aces (12).
For the season, OU is averaging 14.95 kills per game and owns a .215 hitting percentage. Leading the way for the Sooners is the senior middle blocking duo of Cathy Cook and Holly McMillan. Cook is currently registering a team-best 4.76 kills per game, .355 attack percentage and 195 total kills. McMillan is not too far behind as she ranks second on the team in hitting percentage at .292, third in kills per game at 2.51 and is tops in blocks per game at 0.93.
The Kansas Jayhawks pushed Baylor to a fifth game on Wednesday night in Waco, before the Bears prevailed 15-8 in the final game, putting a stop to its three-match losing streak. The three-straight losses marked the first time since the 1998 season that the Bears had suffered such a feat.
The Bears are averaging 17.96 kills per game and a .266 hitting percentage. Two freshmen are leading the way for Baylor statistically. Middle blocker Amy Wallace leads the squad with a .317 attack percentage and 0.96 blocks per game average, while outside hitter Stevie Nicholas is leading the team, and the Big 12 Conference, in kills per game with 5.74.