Kansas Looks For Big 12 Victory Over Aggies
Sept. 19, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas volleyball (7-4, 0-2 Big 12) will look for its first Big 12 Conference victory of the season Wednesday night when it hosts Texas A&M (7-3, 0-2) at 7 p.m. The Jayhawks are trying to stop a three-match skid that included losses to No. 1 Nebraska and No. 5 Texas while the Aggies were defeated by Oklahoma and No. 17 Missouri last week. Fans in attendance Wednesday night will receive a complimentary Jayhawk T-shirt. Live Gametracker and video web streaming, a recap and box score for the match can be found here.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas is looking for its first Big 12 victory of the season after a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Texas Saturday night. The Jayhawks (7-4, 0-2) are averaging 16.50 kills and 15.11 assists per game, good for fourth in the Big 12. Senior outside hitter Jana Correa paces a balanced KU offense with 3.89 kills per game and led all hitters with 14 kills at No. 1 Nebraska and against the No. 5 Longhorns last week. Junior right side hitter/setter Emily Brown (3.69 kpg), a threat in all six rotations, and sophomore Savannah Noyes (3.29 kpg) round out the top KU hitters. Redshirt freshman setter Katie Martincich averages 11.00 assists per game — good for 10th in the league. KU’s deep defense features senior libero Jamie Mathewson (3.76 dpg/eighth in the Big 12) and four Jayhawks who average 2.14 or more digs per game. KU also gets a boost from freshmen Melissa Grieb (defensive specialist) and Brittany Williams (middle blocker), who replaced injured Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Natalie Uhart in the starting lineup.
Scouting Texas A&M
The Aggies, receiving votes in this week’s CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll, are 7-3 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 action and looking to stop a two-game losing streak. TAMU lists eight freshmen on its 12-member roster, and six have seen action in more than half of the Aggies’ matches. Rookie outside hitter Mary Batis leads A&M and ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 4.19 kills per game. Batis has started every match on the left side and taken team-high honors in kills in seven matches, including a team season-high 21 kills against No. 22 Minnesota. Junior middle blocker Kelly Stanton is ranked 18th in the nation and 10th in the Big 12 with 1.42 blocks per game and adds 2.00 kpg for the Aggies. Senior middle blocker Christi Hahn, a preseason All-Big 12 selection and third-year starter, leads the team with a .410 hitting percentage and ranks second with 3.22 kpg.
Kansas vs. Texas A&M
The Aggies lead the all-time series, 18-3, with all three of the Jayhawks’ victories coming in Lawrence over the past three seasons. TAMU’s last win at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center was a five-game thriller on Nov. 13, 2002.
Jayhawk to Watch
Senior outside hitter Jana Correa has been providing an offensive spark for the Jayhawks as of late. Known for her thunderous, hard hits and deceptive jump serves, Correa has emerged as a leader in her senior year despite having her freshman and junior seasons cut in half by injuries. Correa sat out 16 of KU’s 33 matches in 2003 and 14 of 30 in 2005 due to season-ending injuries, but is back at nearly 100 percent this year. The Macapa, Brazil, native leads KU with 3.89 kills per game and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 0.47 aces per game. Correa is on track to leave Kansas among the all-time program leaders in kills, kills per game, attempts, aces and aces per game.
The Jayhawks hit the road against Saturday to take on Colorado at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo. Match time is set for 8 p.m. CST. The Buffs lead the all-time series, 31-9, but KU won the last meeting in Boulder, 3-2, on Oct. 1, 2005.