A victory against Kansas State can soothe a lot of hurts.
Kansas' volleyball team was feeling pretty chipper following an 8-15, 15-2, 2-15, 15-8, 15-13 win over the Wildcats on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
"It was fun," said KU's Katie Walsh. "We deserved it."
Fun, yes. Easy, no. The Jayhawks had to survive a series of momentum shifts.
"Bizarre match," KU coach Karen Schonewise commented.
Indeed. Kansas coasted to leads of 9-0 and 14-1 en route to winning the second game, 15-2. K-State then built leads of 11-0 and 14-1 while winning the third, 15-2.
"I don't know how to explain it," Schonewise said. "I think both teams were tight at times and both teams were loose at times. We were just loose at the end of the match."
The Jayhawks surged to an 8-0 advantage before prevailing in the fourth game, 15-8.
"It was the most bizarre match I've played in," Walsh said.
"It was really hard to explain," KU's Jenny Larson said.
A block by Larson on the final point sealed Kansas' victory.
K-State held a 6-2 lead in the final game before KU tied it at 7. The Wildcats went ahead 11-8 and 12-10, but Kansas rallied for a 14-12 lead. K-State drew within 14-13, but Larson's block finished the match.
"When we played hard, they couldn't stay with us," Schonewise said. "But when we hesitated, the scores were close or they were way ahead of us."
The Jayhawks improved to 6-19 overall, 3-8 in the Big Eight and gained revenge for a three-game loss at K-State last month. The Wildcats are 14-12 and 3-8.
"This match was an important win," Larson said.
It was the final home match for the Jayhawks, who will conclude the season Saturday night at Missouri.
- Four KU players have been named to the all-Big Eight academic honor roll. Larson was named to the first team, and Lara Izokaitis, Jenny Wiedeke and Janet Uher received honorable mention.
- Uher, the Jayhawks' lone senior who played for the final time at home, was honored prior to the match.
- Walsh led Kansas with 17 kills, and Tracie Walt had a team-leading 17 digs. Trisha Lindgren totaled 55 assists, and Leslie Purkeypile had 14 kills and 13 digs.