Just like last weekÃ¢ÂÂs match with Texas A&M;, SaturdayÃ¢ÂÂs 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 KUÃ¢ÂÂs fourth loss in its last five matches.
Ã¢ÂÂThey just made some plays,Ã¢ÂÂ 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.
Ã¢ÂÂI thought it took a lot of courage, especially the way you lose game three,Ã¢ÂÂ Bechard said. Ã¢ÂÂThey come right back and manage that. I was very proud of them.Ã¢ÂÂ
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.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs really frustrating to know that weÃ¢ÂÂre that close to being able to do it,Ã¢ÂÂ said Rozum. Ã¢ÂÂFor some reason, we just let up a little.Ã¢ÂÂ
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.
Ã¢ÂÂSheÃ¢ÂÂs their go-to,Ã¢ÂÂ Bechard said. Ã¢ÂÂMyers has had a great career at Missouri, and she should be real proud of her match tonight. SheÃ¢ÂÂs a real quality middle, one of the best in the Big 12.Ã¢ÂÂ
The loss puts KUÃ¢ÂÂs 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.