Nov. 24, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma's volleyball team will end the 2000 season at home against the University of Kansas Saturday night at the OU Field House in Norman, Okla. Five departing Sooner seniors will be honored in a ceremony held prior to the 7 p.m. first serve.

Oklahoma owns a 36-16 all-time edge over Kansas, however, the Jayhawks are winners of five-straight over the last three years. Prior to the streak, the Sooners had won 11 of the last 15 contests. KU also swept OU, 15-8, 15-11 and 15-5, earlier this year in Lawrence, Kan. Despite claiming victory in the last two meetings on Oklahoma's home floor, Kansas trails the Sooners 17-5 in matches played in the OU Field House.

Oklahoma (7-20, 2-17 Big 12) will be looking to close out the year on a positive note after suffering losses in its last five matches. Cook, who has led the team in kills in the last three contests, continues to lead the Sooner offensive attack with 4.37 kills per game and a .336 hitting percentage. The Irvine, Calif., native is also tied for the team lead in blocks per game with a .82 average. Senior setter Carolyn Kittell is the team leader in digs with a 2.43 average. As a team, Oklahoma ranks as one of the top teams in the Big 12 in service aces per game with a 1.54 average.

Since defeating Oklahoma 3-0 in mid-October, Kansas (14-14, 5-14 Big 12) has picked up only two more wins and currently sits a spot ahead of OU in the Big 12 Conference standings. The Jayhawks have been swept in their last four matches, including a 3-0 loss to Missouri in its latest contest. Despite the obstacles the team has faced this season, several individual Jayhawks have turned in fine performances throughout the season. Senior outside hitter Amy Myatt's 4.57 kills per game average is good for fourth best in the Big 12, while fellow senior outside hitter Danielle Geronymo is averaging 1.20 blocks per game which places her in seventh place in the conference in the category.