MANHATTAN, Kansas- The Oklahoma volleyball team fell to No. 9 Kansas State in Manhattan Saturday night by a score of 30-14, 30-27, 30-18 . The loss drops the Sooners to 8-7 on the season and 0-3 in the Big 12, while the Wildcats improve to 13-3 and 3-1 in the conference.
Statistical leaders for OU were Joanna Schmitt with eight kills and senior Christina Maynes, who moved back to outside hitter after playing defensive specialist for the last 10 matches and had six kills and 13 digs. Laura Tomes and Jen Adams turned in three block assists apiece, while senior co-captain Yvette Villanueva tallied eight digs.
OU was doomed by an inconsistent offensive attack that produced a hitting percentage of .009 on the match. K-State, one of the most efficient offenses in the Big 12, hit .330.
Kansas State jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first game and went on to win 30-14, behind a perfect first session from Cats middle hitter and NCAA hitting percentage leader Lauren Goehring (6-0-6). Freshman Joanna Schmitt and junior Keri Coats led OU with two kills apiece in the opening game. Joanna Schmitt got off to one of the worst starts of her young career with five early attack errors. Schmitt finished with a hitting percentage of -.067, the lowest mark of the young stars' Sooner career.
Kansas State got out to an early 7-4 lead in game two, before the Sooners rallied and cut the lead to 10-9. OU, which was ranked No. 2 in blocks per game coming into the contest, fell behind 18-12 as the Wildcats blocked three consecutive Sooner swings midway through the second session. The Sooners returned the favor as Kelly McCarter and Laura Tomes stuffed Goehring and cut the lead to 19-16. McCarter and Jen Adams would combine for another block at 21-19, but the Sooners could get no closer and dropped the set 30-27. Schmitt hammered four kills and senior Christina Maynes made her return to the outside felt with three kills in the second set.
OU hit -028 in the first game and .000 in the second game, while K-State hit .314 and .237.
For the third consecutive game the Sooners fell behind early at 14-7 and were unable to overcome the Wildcats lead. OU did improve offensively hitting .056 on the game.
OU faces Baylor in Waco in its next conference match, which is slated for Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Sooners return to the Howard McCasland Field House Saturday, Oct. 4 when No. 7 Nebraska invades Norman. First serve is at 2 p.m., with the doors opening at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.