Archive for Sunday, November 24, 2002

Tigers prevail in five games

November 24, 2002

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Just like last weekâÂÂs match with Texas A&M, SaturdayâÂÂs volleyball match between Kansas University and No. 22 Missouri was epic - five games, a deafening crowd and a thrilling ending.

Once again, though, it was a loss for the Jayhawks.

The Tigers continued their Border War supremacy, beating KU 3-2 (22-30, 30-25, 31-29, 23-30, 15-12) at Horejsi Center to sweep the season series.

It was KUâÂÂs fourth loss in its last five matches.

âÂÂThey just made some plays,â KU coach Ray Bechard said, fighting to find words to describe the heartbreaker.

After Kansas (18-9 overall, 9-9 Big 12 Conference) took game one, Missouri (24-6, 13-5) claimed games two and three, seemingly deflating the Jayhawks and their chance to salvage 1 1/2 points in the Border War Series.

But the Jayhawks came back. Behind an Andi Rozum kill and two block assists from Rozum and Josiane Lima, KU took a 6-0 lead in game four. The Jayhawks tied the match 2-2, and sent a near-packed crowd at Horejsi into a frenzy.

âÂÂI thought it took a lot of courage, especially the way you lose game three,â Bechard said. âÂÂThey come right back and manage that. I was very proud of them.âÂÂ

Kansas had an 8-6 lead in the fifth and deciding game, but a Missouri timeout sparked the Tigers to their ensuing 3-0 run. MU ended up breaking a 12-12 tie to take the match.

âÂÂItâÂÂs really frustrating to know that weâÂÂre that close to being able to do it,â said Rozum. âÂÂFor some reason, we just let up a little.âÂÂ

Rozum had a solid evening, contributing seven kills, 15 digs and 52 assists. Junior Sarah Rome had 14 kills and 19 digs, both team-highs.

The Jayhawks had trouble all evening stopping Missouri senior Christi Myers, who had 26 kills and a .449 attack percentage, easily match-highs.

âÂÂSheâÂÂs their go-to,â Bechard said. âÂÂMyers has had a great career at Missouri, and she should be real proud of her match tonight. SheâÂÂs a real quality middle, one of the best in the Big 12.âÂÂ

The loss puts KUâÂÂs NCAA Tournament hopes in grave danger. Kansas needs to win out to finish above .500 in conference, with No.19 Kansas State and Colorado left to play.

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