Jayhawks Welcome Colorado in Wednesday Volleyball Action
Sept. 28, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas Volleyball (8-4, 1-2 Big 12) returns home Wednesday, Sept. 30 to host Colorado (5-8, 0-4 Big 12) at 6:30 p.m. The first 500 fans at the match will receive a free Kansas volleyball t-shirt. Youth volleyball players who wear their team uniform or shirt can gain entry to the match for just $3.
Free live stats via Gametracker will be available at www.KUAthletics.com as well as a live webcast (for a fee).
» The Jayhawks rank in the top four of the conference in team assists and service aces. Kansas also has one player ranked in the top 10 of each statistical category in the Big 12 and two players ranked in the nation’s top 50.
» KU is 3-0 during matches following a loss this season.
» Seniors Melissa Grieb and Katie Martincich each appeared in their 100th career match at Baylor over the weekend.
» Freshman Morgan Boub made her Big 12 debut at Baylor last Saturday and picked up her first career service ace in the match.
Kansas went 1-1 last week in its first full week of Big 12 Conference action. After notching a thrilling 3-2 victory versus Oklahoma Wednesday, KU suffered a 3-0 setback at No. 24 Baylor to bring its conference mark to 1-2 (8-4 overall). The Jayhawks continue to be led by Karina Garlington’s 4.00 kps, which is tied for third-best in the Big 12. Senior Paige Mazour is listed at fourth in the conference for her .365 attack percentage. Driving the KU offense is sophomore setter Nicole Tate, who is third among league players averaging 10.91 aps. The Kansas defense is anchored by junior libero Melissa Manda’s 4.02 dps, as she moved up a spot in the Big 12 dig rankings to No. 7. Freshman Tayler Tolefree also made a jump in the standings as her 1.15 bps is sixth-best among Big 12 players.
Colorado is coming off a tough stretch of schedule having faced ranked opponents in three of its last four matches- No. 10 Iowa State, No. 8 Nebraska, and No. 2 Texas. The Buffaloes recently fell in three sets to Oklahoma last Saturday to extend a four-match losing skid as CU brings a 5-8 overall record and winless Big 12 mark to Lawrence. Becah Fogle averages a team-high 3.54 kps, which ranks fifth in the Big 12. She is also one of three Buffs digging up over two balls per set with 2.03 dps. Ellen Henry paces the defense averaging 2.61 dps, while Rosie Steinhaus has led the team during Big 12 matches with 2.25 dps. Kaitlyn Burkett runs the CU offense making 6.93 aps. Liz Kritza is in her first season as head coach of the Buffaloes and has a career record of 81-47 in her fifth season.
Series Info: Colorado leads Kansas 34-12 in the all-time series history. Unfortunately KU also falls short when hosting Colorado with a 9-12 record in Lawrence. However, Kansas has won its last two matches at home versus the Buffaloes and seven of the last nine. KU also leads 10-8 since Big 12 play began in 1996.
KU’s match on Oct. 3 at Texas A&M originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. has been moved up to a 2 p.m. start time due to a time conflict with the Aggies’ football team.
Additionally, Kansas’ match with Iowa State on Oct. 10 has been given a 6:30 p.m. start time as the KU football team plays at 11:30 a.m. that day.
Manda Cracks KU Career List
Melissa Manda recorded 12 digs at Baylor last Saturday to bring her career digs total to 994 and edge out former Jayhawk Josi Lima (993) for the 10th-most career digs in KU history. The junior libero, who currently ranks second all-time at KU averaging 3.72 dps, is just six digs short of becoming the 10th player in Jayhawk volleyball history to record 1,000 career digs.
Garlington At Top of Big 12
Through the first two weeks of conference action, Kansas outside hitter Karina Garlington leads the Big 12 with 5.33 kps in conference matches. The Denver, Colo., native recorded a season-high 28 kills in the match with OU, one shy of her career best. Her 28 tallies are also the most by a Big 12 player so far this year.
Bechard Approaching Milestone
Kansas head coach Ray Bechard is just two wins shy of hitting 900 career victories. Bechard, who is in his 12th season at KU, is 898-224 (.801 percent) in his 25th season as a head coach. He spent 13 seasons at Barton County Community College prior to coming to Kansas, where he accumulated a 716-60 mark at the school.
KU begins a two-match road swing Saturday, Oct. 3 when it travels to Texas A&M. First serve has been changed from 6:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Jayhawks then head to nationally-ranked Nebraska on Oct. 7 for a 7 p.m. match.