LINCOLN, NEB. Kansas University's volleyball team will try to prolong its "November to Remember" tonight against No. 10 Nebraska.
In keeping with their theme -- chosen to inspire a first-ever NCAA Tournament berth -- the Jayhawks have sparkled in November, winning all four matches they've played. It is the longest Big 12 Conference winning streak in school history.
Nebraska undoubtedly will be the toughest foe of the month. Kansas (18-9 overall, 10-6 Big 12) has won only one of 71 matches against the Cornhuskers, with the only victory during the schools' first-ever meeting in 1975.
"A win there would be huge," junior outside hitter Lindsey Morris said. "Anytime you can win against Nebraska it's huge because not many teams beat them. It'd be really exciting if we can do it."
The Jayhawks nearly beat the Huskers last month in Lawrence, but fell 3-1 (29-31, 30-25, 28-30, 24-30). It was the first time Kansas has taken a game from Nebraska since 1998. Service errors and missed blocks were the difference in Game 1 and Game 3.
Since falling to the Huskers, Kansas has won seven of 10 matches and climbed into a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 with four matches remaining.
Meanwhile, the second-place Huskers (23-4, 14-3) have struggled. They squeaked past Texas, 3-2, and lost to No. 5 Kansas State, 3-1, last week. They might be vulnerable, but Morris said Nebraska still would be tough to beat.
"We took them a couple of games more than we ever have last time," she said. "I think they're playing better, but I know we're also playing better now, so it should be a good match."
KU's Jill Dorsey, Ashley Michael, Lindsey Morris and Sarah Rome were among 50 players named to the Big 12 Conference all-academic team. All four achieved at least a 3.2 grade-point average last semester.