Jayhawks Defeat Montana State, 3-1
Sept. 2, 2005
PROVO, Utah –
Four Jayhawks contributed double-digit kills as the University of Kansas volleyball team defeated Montana State, 3-1, in its second match of the BYU/UVSC Challenge Friday afternoon at the Smith Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (4-0) prevailed 30-23, 31-29, 27-30 and 30-21 in their first match of the day.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
KU moves on to face host BYU (2-0) at 8 p.m. Friday.
Senior Josi Lima led the KU offense and tied a career-high with 21 kills on a team-best .436 attack percentage and added nine digs and five blocks in the win. Junior Jana Correa had 19 kills and 13 digs and senior Paula Caten was close behind with 17 kills and added five digs.
Sophomore Emily Brown had 12 kills and 12 digs while junior libero Jamie Mathewson posted a career-high 19 digs to lead all defensive players. Senior Andi Rozum tied her career-high with 72 assists and contributed seven digs in the win.
KU hit at a .254 hitting efficiency but committed 14 service errors and was outblocked 11.0 – 13.0 by MSU.
Despite a slow start, KU took the lead against Montana State (2-3) in game one, 19-10, with strong blocking and aggressive swings. The Bobcats took advantage of four straight Jayhawk errors, but KU prevailed 30-23, hitting at a .350 attack percentage with 6.0 blocks.
MSU stayed close in game two, cutting KU’s lead to one (20-19) and forcing a Jayhawk timeout. Two straight Bobcat blocks and a KU reception error gave MSU a 28-27 lead and the teams battled to a 29-all tie. Lima knocked in a kill and Mathewson finished the game with a service ace, 31-29.
In game three, the Jayhawks came back from a 17-26 deficit to threaten MSU, 26-27. The Bobcats answered with a 3-1 run (30-27) to prevent the KU sweep. The Jayhawks dominated game four, taking a 21-13 lead. KU hitters battled and the defense picked up just about every loose ball and the Jayhawks ended the match, 30-21.