Oct. 12, 2000
NORMAN, Okla. - Saturday night the Sooner volleyball team (6-10, 1-7 Big 12) hosts a surging Missouri Tigers (15-2, 6-2 Big 12) team that has won five of its last six matches. The match, which begins at 7 p.m. in the OU Field House, will feature a rarity among the collegiate volleyball circuit. Both teams have husband and wife coaching combinations. Oklahoma has two husband and wife coaching tandems in Head Coach Kalani Mahi and his wife, Assistant Coach Christy Mahi, and assistant coaches Joel and Andrea McCartney. Missouri is led by Head Coach Susan Kreklow, who is assisted by her husband Wayne Kreklow.
The Sooners own a 32-14 all-time edge over the Tigers, but the series has been closer in recent years. The two teams have split the season series the last two years. Both years, the teams have claimed sweeps on their home courts and battled to five games on the opponent's floor.
Oklahoma suffered its fourth-straight loss Wednesday night to Texas, falling 3-0 in Austin, Texas. Senior middle blocker Cathy Cook continues to lead the offense with a team-best 4.58 kills per game and .333 hitting percentage. As of Oct. 9, Cook stood in fifth place in the Big 12 Conference in kills per game and 11th in hitting percentage. As a team, Oklahoma ranked second in the league in service aces per game with a 1.84 average, with three players ranked among the conference's top 15 individuals in the category.
The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 start before suffering its first loss of the year. For their efforts, Missouri broke into the USA Today/AVCA Poll this week at the 24th spot. The Tigers' only two losses came at the hands of top 25 conference opponents Nebraska, 3-0, and Texas Tech, 3-2. MU is currently riding a three-match winning streak with a recent 3-1 win at home against Kansas.
The Tigers' recent dominance has been aided by strong offensive and defensive play. As of Oct. 9, Missouri trailed only No. 1 Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference team leader categories in both hitting percentage (.295) and blocks (3.37/game). Sophomore outside hitter Lisa Morris is the team's leading hitter with 4.02 kills per game, while junior middle blocker Krista Johnson owns a team-best .373 hitting clip.