Jayhawks Sweep Kangaroos

Aug. 27, 2005

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Four Jayhawks contributed eight or more kills as the University of Kansas volleyball team swept UMKC, 3-0, in the final match of the State Farm Jayhawk Classic Saturday at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Senior Josi Lima led KU with 12 kills as the Jayhawks (2-0) prevailed 30-18, 30-27 and 30-28.

Lima hit .308 on the night with six digs, four blocks and two aces. Junior Jana Correa added 11 kills and five digs with freshman Savannah Noyes posting nine kills on a match-best .667 attack percentage. Sophomore Emily Brown rounded out the top scorers with eight kills and added eight digs.

Junior libero Jamie Mathewson led the defense with a match-high 10 digs and senior Andi Rozum ran the offense with 39 assists and four kills of her own. All 12 active Jayhawks on the roster saw action in the win.

Sophomore Lauren Starks paced UMKC (0-2) with 10 kills on a .444 attack percentage and senior Angela Melka was close behind with nine kills and a team-best eight digs. KU held the Kangaroos to just a .101 hitting efficiency and out blocked them 10.5-6.0 in the win.

The Jayhawks led by as many as 13 in the first game, forcing UMKC’s second timeout at the 21-8 mark. KU hit .542 in the opening game while UMKC was -.091 at the net. The Kangaroos regrouped in game two and tied it at 12-all before a Jayhawk rally gave KU a 23-17 lead and eventual win.

UMKC jumped to a 5-1 start in game three and held on to the lead until KU tied it at 17. The Kangaroos fought back to a 27-26 advantage, but KU capitalized off two straight Kangaroo hitting errors to take the game and match, 30-28.

“I was disappointed with how we played in most of game two and all of game three,” head coach Ray Bechard said. “I thought UMKC valued the opportunity a little more than we did. Our serving was good tonight, eight aces and eight errors, but we had a few too many hitting errors. But overall, we identified a lot of things that we can continue to work on.”

KU will take to the road Thursday and Friday at the BYU/UVSC Volleyball Challenge in Orem and Provo, Utah. The Jayhawks begin tournament action Thursday with an 8 p.m. match at Utah Valley State.

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