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Loss to Texas drops Jayhawks to 10-9

October 14, 2007

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— Texas extended its volleyball winning streak to eight games Saturday night when it defeated Kansas University in three games at Gregory Gym.

Kansas, now 10-9 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12 Conference, fell by scores of 30-14, 30-22 and 30-21.

Texas improved to 11-4 and 8-1 in league play.

KU senior Emily Brown and freshman Karina Garlington led the Jayhawks with seven kills apiece. Brown also chipped in a team-high 17 assists and eight digs.

Freshman Melissa Manda matched Brown with eight digs of her own.

Junior Natalie Uhart and freshman Jenna Kaiser each added six kills. Uhart also provided three block assists and a service ace on the night for a team-high 8.5 points.

Texas opened the match with a 7-1 run in game one. The Longhorns proceeded to attack with a .382 hitting percentage en route to its 30-14 victory.

Kansas came out stronger in game two taking a one-point lead at 3-2 before the Longhorns stole the lead back at 5-4.

KU stayed close until Texas reeled off six unanswered points to go up 14-7. The Jayhawks chipped away at the deficit using kills by Uhart and Kaiser to come within five at 20-15.

Kansas narrowed the gap even more when a block by Kaiser and Savannah Noyes made the score 24-20, but the Longhorns used a 6-2 run to close out the game 30-22 behind a match-best .463 hitting efficiency.

In game three, the teams were tied at 5 when back-to-back Texas errors gave Kansas a two-point advantage.

The Longhorns tied it back up at 9 and proceeded to take over the lead with a run of six unanswered points.

The Jayhawks cut a seven-point deficit to four, trailing 20-16 thanks to a kill by Brown, but another run by Texas put the game out of reach, and Texas capped the match with a 30-21 victory.

Kansas will return home Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match against Baylor.

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