KU Hosts UMKC in Home Opener

Click Here For Women’s Volleyball Video

Aug. 28, 2006


KU Hosts UMKC in Home Opener
Kansas volleyball brings a 2-1 record into its home opener against UMKC (0-3) on Tuesday night. The Jayhawks are coming off a successful weekend at the Academy Sports/Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but are eager to play their first of 13 home matches at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. Match time is set for 7 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Kansas volleyball schedule magnet and poster. A Gametracker link, recap and box score as well as live video streaming (Jayhawk All-Access) will be available for the match.

Home Openers
KU is 7-0 in home openers dating back to the 1999 season, which marked the opening of the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks have had much success at home over the last seven seasons, including a 10-6 mark in 2005 and a 67-37 (.644) all-time record in Horejsi.

Scouting the `Roos
The Kangaroos opened the 2006 season with a tough weekend at the Hampton Inn Downtown Classic, finishing with an 0-3 record against a strong field. UMKC opened the weekend with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Jacksonville, a 3-0 loss to eventual tournament champion Jacksonville State and was swept by No. 12 Louisville. Junior Lauren Starks recorded a double-double (13 kills/16 digs) vs. Jacksonville, and finished the weekend with 34 kills in three matches. As a result, the Olathe, Kan., native was selected to the all-tournament team. UMKC’s three freshmen all had solid weekends for the Kangaroos in their Blue and Gold debut. Redshirt freshman Caitlin Koenig led the team with 55 assists on the weekend. True freshman Kelly Gettinger tallied seven kills for the Kangaroos against Jacksonville and led the team in digs (nine) against No. 12 Louisville. Meanwhile, true freshman Kristen Berthiaume tallied seven digs against the Cardinals. UMKC will be without two starters Tuesday — senior Angela Melka and junior Mandy Tipton — due to injury.

Kansas vs. UMKC
KU leads the all-time series, 24-1. The Jayhawks have claimed the last 13 meetings between the two teams, dating back to a 2-1 Kangaroo victory on Oct. 19, 1983. Tuesday’s match marks the 14th consecutive season the teams have met, alternating between Lawrence and Kansas City, Mo.

Academy Sports Invitational Leftovers
Kansas volleyball (2-1) opened the season last weekend at the Academy Sports/Crimson Invitational and celebrated wins over Alabama A&M (3-0) and Miami (3-1) before being swept by host Alabama in the tournament finale … Senior Jana Correa and junior Emily Brown each earned all-tournament honors for their performances … Correa averaged 3.50 kills, 2.20 digs and .050 aces per game … Brown had 5.30 assists, 2.30 kills and 2.30 digs per game in the tournament.

Match Notes in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader