Volleyball In Search Of First Conference Road Win This Weekend

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 02, 2000

Nov. 2, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma volleyball team will try to capture their first Big 12 Conference road win of the season when they travel to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, Nov. 4, to take on Iowa State. OU emerged victorious from a thrilling five-game match against ISU to pick up their first conference win earlier in the season in Norman. The contest takes place at 1 p.m. at the Hilton Coliseum.

OU battled back from a 2-1 game deficit to defeat Iowa State in a five-game thriller, 15-8, 18-20, 11-15, 15-3 and 15-8, in front of 1,815 fans at the OU Field House earlier in the season. The two teams forced 13 ties during the match and game two required extra points. Seniors Maria Holmgren and Holly McMillan registered double-double performances to lead the Sooners to their first Big 12 Conference and home victories of the season.

The win built OU's edge over ISU in the all-time series to 34-1. Oklahoma also holds a solid 8-1 margin since both teams joined the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners are 12-6 against the Cyclones on ISU's home court. Oklahoma swept Iowa State, 3-0, last year at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Winners of the last four-straight in Ames dating back to 1996, OU has failed to drop a Big 12 Conference game at ISU.

The Sooners enter the contest 6-15 overall and 1-12 in the league. After closing out the month of October without a win, the Sooners look to gain some ground in the second half of the Big 12 schedule. Senior middle blocker Cathy Cook leads the squad offensively with a 4.49 kills per game average and a .332 hitting percentage. On the defensive end, McMillan leads the team in blocks, averaging close to a block per game at 0.93, and senior setter Carolyn Kittell is the team leader in digs with a 2.38 average. As a team, Oklahoma ranks third in the Big 12 in service aces per game with a 1.77 average (as of Oct. 30).

The Cyclones are currently 2-21 and 0-14 in the conference and in the midst of a 16-match losing streak and are winless in Big 12 Conference competition. Iowa State's five-game thriller last month in Norman and a 3-2 loss at Drake two weeks ago are the closest ISU has come to capturing a victory over that stretch. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 10.11 kills per game and a .111 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Stacy Nicks leads the team in kills with 2.63 per game and hitting percentage with .240. Junior ouside hitter Nanette Allen and sophomore outside hitter Sarah Rollman are the other two Cyclones averaging more than two kills per game at 2.09 and 2.18, respectively.



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