It was a very nice week for the Kansas Jayhawks. After losing to Notre Dame in the Notre Dame International, Kansas played two matches against Creighton and Texas Tech.
Their first match was on Wednesday against the Creighton Bluejays. The Jayhawks jumped out to a two set lead, but Creighton didn’t go down easily. The Bluejays came back to force a fifth set, but Kansas pulled out in the end to avoid losing two matches in a row for the first time this season. Head coach Ray Bechard earned his 950th career victory with the win.
The two biggest Jayhawks in the Creighton match were redshirt junior middle blocker, Caroline Jarmoc, and junior setter, Erin McNorton. Jarmoc had a career night for the Jayhawks as she passed her career high in kills with 22 kills in the match. She continues to be Kansas’ hottest player this season.
McNorton also had a career night as she recorded 67 assists for the Jayhawks. She became the first Jayhawk to have more than 60 assists in a match since Nicole Tate had 64 against Oklahoma in 2009.
The second match for the Jayhawks was on Saturday against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. This was the first Big 12 Conference match for the Jayhawks on the season. The Red Raiders did not stand much of a chance as Kansas swept them in three straight sets.
The big performances in this match came from sophomore outside hitter, Sara McClinton, senior middle blocker, Taylor Tolefree, and of course Caroline Jarmoc. Jarmoc led the charge for the Jyahawks as she recorded seven blocks and 11 kills on a .500 attack percentage. McClinton had nine kills to go along with Jarmoc’s 11 kills. Tolefree was the most efficient Jayhawk as she was .583 on seven kills and no errors.
The Jayhawks improved their record this week to 13-2 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. This week, Kansas will play one match on Wednesday, September 26th. Their opponent in that game will be Big 12 opponent, Iowa State. The Cyclones are currently 7-4 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12.
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