With his volleyball team dominating Kansas on Thursday night, Texas coach Jim Moore's players were relaxed and couldn't stop smiling.
All the Jayhawks could do was grin and bear it.
UT, ranked No. 12 nationally, pounded Kansas 16-14, 15-5, 15-11 in Allen Fieldhouse on a night when the Jayhawks were overmatched by the Big 12 Conference powerhouse.
"Just another ranked opponent," KU coach Ray Bechard quipped after his team played its fifth ranked opponent in seven matches.
KU (14-13, 4-11) looked good early, earning a game-point opportunity in the first game. But the Jayhawks, who have not won a game since Oct. 28 and are mired in a four-match losing streak, failed to convert on their lone chance.
"We got the ball on our side of the net for game point," Bechard said. "But we have to find someone to get us that point."
KU middle blocker Amanda Reves thinks the struggles come from not winning in so long.
"I think sometimes we have too much focus, and we get tense," Reves said. "We know we haven't won a set or a match in a while."
Three-time All-American Demetria Sance paced the Longhorns with 17 kills and 15 digs.
Still, Moore wasn't pleased with what the team was trying to accomplish. Chasing their second consecutive Big 12 title, Moore hoped his team would improve on some skills before it challenges No. 3 Nebraska on Nov. 21.
"We have some things we still need to work on," Moore said. "I don't want to talk about what we need to work on because it's Nebraska. But give Ray and his team credit. They played well and kept playing hard."
Reves led KU with 12 kills and tied teammate Mary Beth Albrecht to lead the Jayhawks with two aces.
Bechard was most impressed with his team's blocking ability. The Jayhawks tallied one less block (10) than the Longhorns, who rank fourth nationally in the category.