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Volleyball Thumps Elon In Tourney Opener
September 12, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. In the Oklahoma volleyball team's first match of the Liberty University Invitational it rolled over an outmanned Elon squad 30-19, 30-17, 30-21 Friday afternoon. OU improves to 5-3 on the season and extends its winning streak to five matches.

The only Sooner with double-digit kills was freshman middle hitter Laura Tomes, who collected 10 kills, one error and hit .562. Tomes' hitting percentage is the fourth best by any Sooner since the inception of the rally scoring system and comes exactly one match after she tied the OU record with a .619 mark against Louisiana-Monroe.

"This is a good start to the weekend," said Mahi. "It was good to get the entire team in the match and see everyone contribute."

Sophomore Jennifer Adams recorded nine kills, while fellow sophomore Sheena Werling totaled seven kills. Leading the defensive effort at the net were Tomes (7 block assists) and Adams (5), who rank No. 4 and No. 8 in the Big 12 in blocks per game.

Senior Christina Maynes, who played at defensive specialist, had nine digs. Fellow senior Yvette Villanueva had seven digs.

Freshman setter Rachel Jackson replaced senior Kelly McCarter in the starting lineup and collected 16 assists. McCarter rotated in at setter and recorded two kills, eight assists and one block assist.

Elon had 25 attack errors and 58 unforced errors in the match, while OU had just 27 unforced errors.

OU hit.364 as a squad (37K-9E-77TA), easily its highest success rate of the season, while also tallying 37 digs and 18 block assists. The Sooners .364 hitting percentage is an Oklahoma rally scoring record. It breaks the mark for a three game contest and is the hitting percentage OU has ever posted under the current scoring system. The offensive performance jumped OU's season hitting percentage 14 points from .168 to .182 (362-173-1036).

The Sooners current five match winning streak ties the longest streak of the Mahi era. OU looks to extend the winning streak to six, which would be the longest since 1996, against East Carolina tonight at 7 p.m.

 

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