Kansas had two big conference games this week in volleyball action. The No. 23 Jayhawks played their second matches against the No. 17 Kansas State Wildcats and the No. 3 Texas Longhorns.
On Wednesday, Kansas defeated the Kansas State Wildcats in four sets, 13-25, 28-26, 26-24, 27-25. The Jayhawks won at Kansas State for the first time since 2009 and swept the Sunflower Showdown this season.
According to kuathletics.com, head coach Ray Bechard said, “We fought really hard. You have to fight hard to beat a good team on the road by two points, three sets in a row.”
The Jayhawk offense was led by sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton. She recorded 16 kills and had a.364 attack percentage. There were also three other Kansas players with double-digit kills. Redshirt junior outside hitter Cathrine Carmichael (Manhattan native) had 14 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Albers and redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc each had 11 kills.
On Saturday, Kansas lost a hard fought match against the No. 3 Texas Longhorns. Last time these two met this season, the Longhorns swept the Jayhawks, but Texas needed all five sets this time to defeat Kansas, 25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 16-25, 12-15.
Jarmoc led the Jayhawk attack with 18 kills and a .306 attack percentage. McClinton also had double-digit kills with 11 and McNorton racked up a total of 45 assists.
Defensively, junior libero Brianne Riley led the team in digs with 26. She returned to the Jayhawks after missing the KSU match due to injury. Senior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree led the team in blocks with seven in the match. Kansas recorded a total of eleven blocks compared to Texas’ fourteen blocks.
With the loss to Texas, Kansas is no longer perfect at Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Their home win streak of 13 games is the team’s best streak in program history.
After this week, Kansas is now 21-6 overall and 9-4 in the Big 12.
The next match for the Jayhawks will be on November 14th against the Oklahoma Sooners. The game will take place in Lawrence, Kansas. In their last match, the Jayhawks defeated the Sooners in five sets.
The Sooners are 19-9 overall and 8-5 in the Big 12 this year.
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