Kansas Hosts UMKC Tuesday In Nonconference Volleyball Action
Sept. 8, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas volleyball (3-2) will welcome UMKC (2-6) Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. match in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in the Jayhawks’ final home nonconference contest of the season.
Fans who wear blue to the match will receive a free popcorn from the concession stand. In addition, KU faculty and staff can get into the match for just $3.
» Sophomore Karina Garlington has tallied double digit kills in the team’s last four matches and is second in the Big 12 Conference with 3.81 kps.
» In five matches, the Jayhawks have already tallied 30 service aces compared to their opponents’ 18.
» Sophomore libero Melissa Manda eclipsed the 500 mark in career digs in the team’s win over UCF on Sept. 6 as her 14 digs pushed her up to 502.
» Freshman Nicole Tate set a personal-best 43 assists against UCF. It was the most assists by a KU player since Katie Martincich notched 62 on Nov. 18, 2006.
Coming in on a three match losing streak, UMKC is 2-6 overall so far this season. Mandy Tipton leads the Kangaroos’ offense, averaging 3.04 kps and has tallied double digit kills in UMKC’s last two matches. Elizabeth Beth has been the team’s most efficient hitter with a .305 attack percentage. On defense Nicole Kerkman is digging up 3.04 dps, while Brittany Fossier has collected a team-high 15 total blocks. Geno Frugoli is 7-33 in his second season at the helm of the Roos’ volleyball program.
Due to renovations and improvements to Kansas Athletics facilities, fans should park in the lots adjacent to Hoglund Ballpark. Fans can access these lots by taking Naismith Drive and then heading west on Oliver Hall Drive.
Senior Natalie Uhart and sophore Karina Garlington were both named members of the Jayhawk Invitational All-Tournament Team after helping Kansas to a 2-1 record in the tournament and a second place finish. Uhart led the Jayhawks with a .375 hitting efficiency through the weekend committing just four errors in 48 attempts with 22 kills. She also averaged 0.80 bps. Garlington led the team with 3.80 kps and added four service aces. It was the second all-tournament team appointment for Garlington, as she also earned the honor during the VCU Invitational, Aug. 29-30, after averaging 3.83 kps and 1.88 dps, while also adding 0.83 service aces.
Kansas will wrap up its nonconference schedule this weekend when it travels to Laramie, Wyo., for the Cowgirl Classic. The Jayhawks will open the tournament with Wyoming on Friday at 11 a.m. and will also face Cleveland State and Alabama Birmingham later in the weekend.