Sooner Volleyball Falls To Baylor In Three Games

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 30, 2000

Sept. 30, 2000

WACO, Texas - The University of Oklahoma volleyball team was swept by Baylor in three games, 15-6, 16-14 and 15-9, Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center. The Sooners were unable to sustain the Bears' two top hitters, freshmen Stevie Nicholas and Amy Wallace, who both registered match-high kills of 17. Nicholas currently leads the conference in kills per game. Senior middle blocker Cathy Cook led OU in kills for the 10th time this season with 16 in the match. OU's record dropped to 6-7 overall with the loss and 1-4 in the Big 12 Conference, while Baylor improved to 9-5 on the season and even its record at 3-3 in the league.

The Bears started the match off with strong hitting from the field. Baylor was nearly perfect in its offensive attack as they committed only one error in 47 attempts and went on to win game one 15-6. The Sooners landed 15 kills in the game in 44 attempts, with only six errors to post a .205 hitting percentage.

Despite dropping the first game, the Sooners rebounded both offensively and defensively in game two. The team recorded its highest attack percentage of the match at .281 and stuffed the Bears at the net with four team blocks in the game, including six block assists. Oklahoma pushed Baylor to extra points before losing 16-14.

After posting kill performances of seven and six in games one and two, respectively, Cook was held to only three kills in the final game. Senior outside hitter Maria Holmgren provided the offensive power for the Sooners in the game with five kills, but Oklahoma once again came up short losing game three by a score of 15-9.

The squad hits the road again on Wednesday as they travel to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena.



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