KU volleyball records first loss of season in 2nd home match
After recording seven wins in seven matches away from home to open the season, the Kansas women’s volleyball team finally opened play at Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena this week.
Before falling in four sets to UNLV on Friday night, the Jayhawks moved to 8-0 with a three-set sweep of Wichita State (25-18, 25-15, 25-20) on Thursday night.
The unbeaten streak ended on Friday with a four-set loss to UNLV at home (22-25, 25-27, 25-18, 19-25), bringing KU’s record to 8-1 on the season.
Sophomore Caroline Bien led the Jayhawks with 16 kills and eight digs against UNLV. Kennedy Farris (19) and Brynn McGhee (11) also recorded double-digit digs for Kansas in the loss.
In the win over WSU on Thursday, redshirt freshman Ayah Elnady led Kansas with 14 kills and sophomore Bien added 11 kills and 10 digs.
The win came one night after KU defeated Kansas City in four sets, dropping the first set 26-24 and rolling from there, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-16 to take the match.
Super-senior Rachel Langs led Kansas with 11 kills and sophomore setter Camryn Turner posted a double-double of 33 assists and 14 digs.
Earlier in the week, KU moved up to No. 19 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings. KU opened the season at No. 23 and was ranked 20th last week.
Next up, Kansas will play host to Lipscomb in the opening match of the Jayhawk Classic at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. KU will also play Central Florida and Omaha at the home tournament next weekend.
Following the Omaha match — 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 — KU will retire the jerseys of former All-Americans Ainise Havili and Kelsie Payne.