Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

KU volleyball falls in four games

Despite loss, Jayhawks fourth team to take set from NU

The Kansas volleyball team has a history of struggles against Nebraska. In fact, the Jayhawks one and only victory over the Cornhuskers came in the first meeting between the two squads back in 1975.

September 25, 2008


— Despite falling at No. 2 Nebraska, Kansas University's volleyball team became just the fourth team to win a game against Nebraska this season as the Jayhawks notched a 25-22 set-three victory. KU lost the match 3-1 by scores of 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, and 25-15.

The Jayhawks dropped to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska stayed undefeated at 11-0 overall and 3-0.

Kansas' victory in game three was its first against Nebraska since 2005 and the Jayhawks' first set win in Lincoln in 10 years.

KU's 25 points in the third set also marked just the seventh time that a team has tallied more than 20 points against Nebraska in 37 sets this season.

Early in the third set, the teams tied at points eight, nine and 11, and the Jayhawks came out with the upper hand each time. Soon after, the Jayhawks, holding onto a 23-22 edge, used a double block from Savannah Noyes and Natalie Uhart, followed by a kill from Noyes to earn KU the 25-23 set three victory.

In the opening set, Noyes and Brittany Williams blocked a Husker attack to knot the score at 4-4, but it was as close as Kansas would get for the remainder of the set. NU reeled off 10 points, interrupted by a Jenna Kaiser kill, to pull out of KU's reach en route to its 25-15 win.

Sophomore Karina Garlington notched double-digit kills for the third consecutive time, collecting a team-high 10. Noyes followed with nine on a .263 attack percentage, while Williams added seven along with a team-best five blocks.

Junior Melissa Grieb also finished in double figures, digging up 11 balls on defense.

The Jayhawks return home to the Horejsi Center at 7 p.m. Saturday to play host to the No. 3 Texas Longhorns.


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