Oklahoma Volleyball Falls To Kansas In Three

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 18, 2000

Oct. 18, 2000

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Looking to snap Kansas' four-match winning streak over the last two years, the Oklahoma volleyball team was unable break the Jayhawks' recent dominance as the Sooners fell 15-8, 15-11 and 15-5, Wednesday night at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center. OU senior middle blocker Holly McMillan recorded her fourth double-double performance of the season by landing a team-high 11 kills and hustling for 13 digs, another team-high. Oklahoma's record dropped to 6-12 overall and 1-9 in the Big 12 Conference with the loss as Kansas improved to 12-7 overall and 3-7 in the league.

The Sooners were unable to rebound in the match from a poor hitting performance in the first game as Oklahoma posted their worst hitting percentage of the match and Kansas consequently registered their best en route to a 15-8 victory. OU registered only 10 kills in 32 attempts, including seven errors, while Kansas' senior outside hitting duo of Danielle Geronymo and Amy Myatt began to pace the Jayhawk offense by landing a combined eight kills in the game.

OU's hitting and defense improved in game two as the Sooners hung close with the Jayhawks before falling, 15-11. Oklahoma nearly matched Kansas kill for kill (22 versus 24, respectively) and recorded their highest attack percentage of the match with a .254 average. Senior middle blocker Cathy Cook, Oklahoma's leading attacker this season, broke out and landed six kills, after recording only two in game one. Cook's six kill effort in game two was matched by senior outside hitter Maria Holmgren, who concluded the match with 10 kills. The Sooner defense also recorded four of its six team blocks in the second game alone.

Kansas reestablished itself in the final game and put to rest Oklahoma's attempt to comeback by closing out the match with a 15-5 game three win. The Jayhawks' defense once again stifled the Sooners' offensive game and held OU to 10 kills.

Oklahoma will enjoy the weekend off before hosting Colorado at the OU Field House on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.



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