Oct. 5, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma volleyball team sets its focus on capturing its second-straight home victory Saturday, Oct. 7, in the OU Field House as they host Kansas State in a Big 12 Conference match up. The contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m. The Sooners accomplished their first home win of the year in the last contest in the OU Field House as OU defeated Iowa State in front of 1,812 fans. The Sooners (6-8, 1-5 Big 12) are looking to rebound after two recent losses to Baylor and No. 24 Texas Tech, while the Wildcats (10-4, 4-2 Big 12) are attempting to compile its first two-match conference win streak since it opened league play, 2-0.
The Sooners hold a dominating 40-11-1 edge over the Wildcats. During the series, OU has compiled winning streaks of 15 and 10 matches over the last 24 years. However, the series is tied at three each since Big 12 play began in 1996. KSU won both matches last year by scores of 3-1.
OU was unable to mount a threatening offensive attack against an impenetrable Texas Tech defense as the Sooners were swept by the 24th-ranked Red Raiders, 15-9, 15-6 and 15-7, Wednesday night at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Senior Cathy Cook, who led the team in kills against TTU with eight, tops all OU hitters in kills per game and hitting percentage with averages of 4.66 and .342, respectively. As of Oct. 1, Cook stood in fourth place in the Big 12 Conference in kills per game and 13th in hitting percentage. As a team, Oklahoma ranked second in the league in service aces per game with a 2.00 average, with three players ranked among the conference's top 10 individuals in the category.
After opening Big 12 Conference play with two-straight victories, including a defeat of then-No. 24 Baylor, Kansas State has lost two of its last four league matches. In their most recent match, the Wildcats defeated in-state rival Kansas, 15-6, 17-15 and 15-13, on Wednesday. Outside hitters Cari Jensen and Liz Wegner lead a balanced scoring attack for the Wildcats as five players average better than two kills per game. Wegner, a preseason All-Big 12 favorite, tops all hitters with 4.73 kills per game, while Jensen follows close behind at 4.04 kills per game. As a team, KSU is averaging 18.08 kills per game and a .262 attack percentage.