Jayhawks Sweep Eagles For Tournament Title
Sept. 8, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Emily Brown was tabbed most valuable player after Kansas completed a 3-0 sweep of the Morehead State Eagles Saturday afternoon to clinch the Jayhawk Classic Tournament title. <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas (7-3) topped MoreheadState (5-5) 30-17, 30-24, 30-28.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Joining Brown on the all-tournament team was teammates Caitlin Mahoney and Savannah Noyes along with Wyoming’s Rachel Smith and Angie Hellbaum, Morehead’s Kelsey Cronin and Kate McFadden from St. Peter’s College.
Brown dished out a team-high 23 assists Saturday and added five kills and four digs. Melissa Manda again led the defense with 12 digs, her seventh consecutive contest with double-digit digs.
Jenna Kaiser led the KU attack with eight kills. Three players added seven each including Brittany Williams, Mahoney and Noyes.
The teams remained close through the first half of game one, but KU strung together three runs of four points to pull away for a 30-17 win.
In game two, Morehead matched Kansas’ 14 kills and 22 digs but committed 13 errors. The Jayhawks had just six in their 30-24 win.
An evenly matched third game came down to the final points as the teams remained within two points of each other for much of the contest. With the score tied at 28, Williams notched a huge kill for the Jayhawks. In the next play, Williams and Flavia Lino came up big with a block before an attack error by the Eagles gave Kansas match point.
“I was very pleased with our attack and serving today,” said head coach Ray Bechard. “I was also happy with our ability to close out game three.”
“Now we have time to recover and get ready for Big 12 play on Wednesday,” Bechard added.
The Jayhawks return to the hardwood this Wednesday, Sept. 12. Kansas will open up conference play with a 7 p.m. contest against in-state rival KansasState in the Sunflower Showdown.