Kansas Volleyball: No. 21 Kansas Loses First Conference Game

Kansas had two big games this week in volleyball action. The No. 21 Jayhawks had to first travel to Norman, Oklahoma to play the Sooners and then traveled to Austin, Texas to play the Longhorns.

On Wednesday, Kansas played an absolute thrilling match against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Jayhawks dominated early winning the first set 25-13, but lost the second and third sets, 21-25, 13-25 to the Sooners and had to fight back in the match. They were able to get the job done to win the match and advance to 5-0 in the Big 12 for the first time in the program’s history.

The offense in Wednesday’s game came primarily from Catherine Carmichael, Tiana Dockery, Sara McClinton, and Caroline Jarmoc. All four of these players dominated on offense and posted double-digit kills each. Carmichael led the Jayhawks with 18 kills, but Dockery (14), McClinton (12), and Jarmoc (11) had a share in the offensive load.

Jan 14, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks mascot performs before a game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Defensive, Kansas got great play from junior libero Brianne Riley. Riley recorded a career-high in digs with 43 on the match.

Then, on Friday, the Jayhawks went to Austin, Texas to play arguably their biggest conference match of the season. Both No. 21 Kansas and No.9 Texas entered the match undefeated in the Big 12.

KU lost their first conference match of the season against Texas and it was the first time they’ve lost since they played Notre Dame. The Longhorns were able to defeated the Jayhawks in three total sets, 25-14, 25-22, 26-24.

Just like the game against Oklahoma, the Kansas offense came through Carmichael, McClinton, and Jarmoc. Carmichael led the Jayhawks in kills with 16 and matched Texas’ 2011 AVCA Freshman of the Year, Haley Eckerman. Redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc had 9 kills and a team-high three blocks while McClinton had seven kills.

On defense, Riley did not have as many digs as she did against the Oklahoma Sooners earlier in the week. Against Texas on Friday, she only had 15 digs total. The bright spot with Riley is that she is now the only player in Jayhawk history to record 400-plus digs in three different seasons.

According to kuathletics, “the Naperville, Ill., native now has 409 digs on the year and needs only 31 more to move into third all-time on KU’s career list.”

After this week, Kansas is now 17-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12.

The next match for the Jayhawks will be on October 17th against the Kansas State Wildcats. Kansas State is directly behind Kansas in the Big 12 standings. They are 17-2 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12 this year.

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Topics: Big 12, Brianne Riley, Kansas Jayhawks, Volleyball

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