Manhattan — Sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton led Kansas University with 16 kills to power the 23rd-ranked KU volleyball team to a season series sweep of No. 17 Kansas State on Wednesday night at Ahearn Fieldhouse.
KU won, 13-25, 28-26, 26-24, 27-25.
Kansas (21-5 overall, 9-3 Big 12) moved into sole possession of second place in the Big 12, upending Kansas State (20-5, 7-5) at home for the first time since 2009.
After starting the evening with a lopsided first-set loss, the Jayhawks stormed back to win the next three sets, all by two points.
“We fought really hard,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “You have to fight hard to beat a good team on the road by two points, three sets in a row.”
McClinton used a .364 attack percentage to lead a balanced offensive attack. For the sixth time this season, four Jayhawks posted double-digit kills. A Manhattan native, fourth-year junior outside hitter Catherine Carmichael, had a big night in front of her home crowd with 14 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Albers and fourth-year junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc each contributed 11 kills.
Junior setter Erin McNorton had 49 assists and 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the year and added a career-high four blocks.
An undisclosed injury sidelined KU junior libero Brianne Riley from the starting lineup for the first time since Oct. 23, 2010 — snapping a 63-match streak.
KU will host No. 3 Texas, the Big 12 leader, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Horejsi Center.