Sept. 8, 2000
BOZEMAN, Mont. - The OU volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating Colgate, 3-0 (15-4, 15-4, 15-8), Friday night to win its first match of the Holiday Inn Classic in Bozeman, Mont. Senior middle blocker Cathy Cook paced the Sooners offensively by hitting .542 and landing 16 of 24 attempts during the match, while the team registered a season-best .397 attack percentage. The win marked the third time this year Oklahoma has swept an opponent in three games as the squad sprinted to the first 5-0 start in the school's 27-year history. With the loss, the Red Raiders fell to 0-4.
"We played really well throughout the entire match and we really came out strong early," explained Head Coach Kalani Mahi of his team's performance.
The Sooners took commanding control of the game early in the match. The squad exploded offensively in game one, hitting .591 as it connected on 15 attempts with only two errors. The Sooners continued their fine performance by hitting .310 or better the following two games.
Oklahoma produced a balanced scoring attack as several Sooners turned in outstanding offensive efforts. Five players posted hitting percentages of .444 or better during the match. Senior setter Carolyn Kittell recorded a season-high .667 (4k-0e-6ta) hitting percentage, while senior middle blocker Holly McMillan landed five kills in eight attempts for a .500 attack percentage. Outside hitters Maria Holmgren and Lindsay Hoyt contributed offensively as well as they hit .462 and .444, respectively.
Mahi attributed the team's success against the Red Raiders to the balanced attack.
"(Setter) Carolyn Kittell did a great job of getting the ball to our middle blockers who turned in tremendous performances," said Mahi. "When the opponent has to concentrate on our middle, it opens up the rest of the court and allows other players to serve as scoring threats."
OU faces Utah State Saturday at noon and tournament-host Montana State at 7:30 p.m. in the final matches of the tournament held in Shroyer Gym on the Montana State campus.