Volleyball One Win From Chattanooga Championship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 06, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma volleyball team survived a poor passing outing to defeat Lipscomb 3-1 (30-22, 30-23, 24-30, 30-17) in Chattanooga Invitational action Saturday morning. OU improves to 3-3 on the season and remains undefeated in the tournament, Lipscomb falls to 1-5 and is winless in the tourney. Oklahoma will play for the Chattanooga Invitational Championship at 1 p.m. against Louisiana-Monroe, who OU swept in 2002.

"It feels good to get a win but we're not happy with the way we played," said OU head coach Kalani Mahi. "We had a stellar blocking game, which gave us control of the match. Lipscomb countered by tipping and rolling at the net and we became tentative in the game three loss."

As Mahi mentioned, the blocking was exception for OU who set a rally scoring record with 30 block assists. Leading the defensive effort was freshman Laura Tomes who collected nine block assists, which tied an OU rally-scoring four-game record. Tomes, who had 13 kills and hit .276 (13K-5E-29E), was one block assist away from her first career double-double.

Joining Tomes on defense at the net was sophomore Jennifer Adams with six block assists and senior setter Kelly McCarter with seven block assists. Adams, who entered the weekend No.5 in Big 12 blocks per game, has recorded five or more block assists in three straight matches and in four of OU's contests this season.

Freshman Joanna Schmitt, who has led OU in kills in every match this season, recorded a team-high 15 kills and hit at a .268 (14-4-41) clip. Schmitt also tallied eight digs. Keri Coats, who has been error free in 33 percent of the Sooners matches, pounded seven kills and hit .412 (7-0-17).

OU ran a modified 5-1 system (generally one setter) so that Kelly McCarter and upstart freshman Rachel Jackson could both see time at setter. Jackson again led OU with 30 assists, while McCarter totaled 14. Jackson also turned in nine digs, while senior captain Yvette Villanueva contributed a team-high 15 digs.

OU had 44 unforced errors on the match which accounted for 48 percent of the Lady Bisons points.

"We gave them too many points," said Mahi. "I would estimate that 60 percent of their points came from our errors in game three. We are going to work very hard to correct this problem."




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