Nov. 16, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - Texas invades Norman this weekend for volleyball's version of the Red River Rivalry. The two teams square off at 7 p.m. inside the OU Field House, following the football game. Saturday night's match has been designated as Alumni/Vegas Trip Night. Former OU volleyball players have been invited back and one lucky fan will win a free trip for two to Las Vegas.
Oklahoma fell 15-6, 15-7 and 15-1, at Texas earlier this season. The difference in the match was the hitting performance of the Longhorns who averaged a .393 attack percentage, while five players posted hitting percentages of .318 or better. Senior middle blocker Cathy Cook paced the Sooners with 13 kills.
Texas has dominated Oklahoma 17-0 in the all-time series. The closest the Sooners have come to upsetting the Longhorns was last year in Austin when OU forced a fifth game before losing, 15-3, 7-15, 15-11, 7-15 and 13-15. Earlier this season, UT captured its ninth sweep of OU during the series with a 15-6, 15-7 and 15-1, win in Austin, Texas.
Oklahoma has dropped its last three contests to Baylor (3-1), Texas Tech (3-0) and No. 24 Kansas State (3-0). Cook leads the team in kills per game with a 4.42 average and a .345 hitting percentage. On the defensive end, fellow senior middle blocker Holly McMillan leads the team in blocks, averaging close to a block per game at 0.84, and senior setter Carolyn Kittell is the team leader in digs with a 2.44 average. As a team, Oklahoma ranked third in the Big 12 Conference in service aces per game with a 1.41 average (as of Nov. 13).
Texas' early season troubles have continued throughout the season. Since sweeping OU early in October, UT has compiled a 4-6 record. The Longhorns are coming off of a three-game victory over Kansas on Wednesday. Junior outside hitter Kathy Tilson and freshman middle blocker Kathy Hahn are the Longhorns' top two offensive threats. Tilson leads the team in kills per game with a 3.59 average and Hahn owns the squad's best attack percentage at .344. Hahn is also one of the team's best blockers as she averages 1.07 per game. The 'Horns also have six players averaging better than 2.34 digs per game, led by junior outside hitter Katia Lara who hustles for 2.92 per game.