Kansas Volleyball: No. 21 Kansas Earns Two Conference Wins

Kansas had two big home games this week in volleyball action. The No. 21 Jayhawks had to play their cross-state rival Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown and then played host the TCU Horned Frogs.

On Wednesday, Kansas played a hard-fought match against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown. Kansas defeated Kansas State in four sets, 26-28, 25-15, 28-26, 25-20, in front of a sold-out crowd at Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

The No. 21 Jayhawks were led on defense by Caroline Jarmoc. She had 12 blocks in her first career double-double (12 blocks and 11 kills) and set a new career-high in blocks. Kansas had a season-high 18 blocks which included 12 from Jarmoc, 8 from Catherine Carmichael, and 3 from Erin McNorton.

On offense, sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton led the charge with a team-high 19 kills and a career-high .545 hitting percentage. McNorton also played the role of facilitator with 49 assists and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.

On Friday, Kansas played host to the TCU Horned Frogs. The No. 21 Jayhawks stayed unbeaten at home as they defeated TCU in four sets, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19.

According to kuathletics.com, head coach Ray Bechard said “”It’s a grind sometimes. Today that’s what it was. TCU has lost its last four or five matches, all to really, really good teams. They are just trying to make something good happen, so they are playing at a high level.”

The match was more about offense rather than defense. Kansas’ leading blocker was sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Albers who had 7 blocks in the match. Kansas had 12 blocks as a team in the match compared to TCU’s 7 blocks.

The Jayhawks had a total of 66 kills in the match. Jarmoc led the team with 23 kills and a .613 hitting percentage. McNorton also had 52 assists which moved her into 10th all-time at Kansas with 1,124 career assists.

After this week, Kansas is now 19-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12.

The next match for the Jayhawks will be on October 24th against the Iowa State Cyclones. The game will take place in Ames, Iowa. In their last match, the Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones in five sets.

The Cyclones are 11-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 this year.

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Topics: Big 12, Caroline Jarmoc, Erin McNorton, Kansas Jayhawks, Volleyball

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