No. 7 Huskers Overpower No. 24 Jayhawks

Sept. 29, 2004

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 24 Kansas volleyball team was defeated by seventh-ranked Nebraska 3-0 Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks (10-3, 1-3 Big 12) fell to the Huskers (10-1, 5-0 Big 12) by scores of 30-13, 30-14 and 30-24.

The teams exchanged points in game one until Nebraska went on a 11-0 run to take a commanding 19-6 lead. Kansas, hindered by three straight attack errors, could not bounce back and fell too far behind. The Huskers ended the game with eight more unanswered points, winning by 17.

Game two also started out evenly and KU stayed close, 13-11. The Huskers rattled off seven straight, forcing two KU timeouts, as they broke down the KU defense with aggressive hitting and three service aces. KU could not close the gap and fell in game two by 16.

KU established a two-point lead in game three while the teams tied the score 15 times up to 19-all. Nebraska answered with a big block and three kills to take a 24-20 lead. The Jayhawks took a timeout but the Huskers tallied five more kills to take the game and the match.

Josi Lima led KU with eight kills and added six digs in the loss. Ashley Michaels had six kills and two block solos while Emily Brown and Paula Caten added five kills apiece to go with eight and seven kills, respectively.

Libero Jill Dorsey led the defense with a match-high 12 digs on the night. Andi Rozum had 23 assists to go with nine digs. Freshman Tessa Jones made her first career start in the place of injured outside hitters Jana Correa and Lindsey Morris.

The Jayhawks hit a season-low -.046 and were out-blocked by the Huskers 16.0 to 4.0 and out-dug 39 to 26.

Christina Houghtelling led Nebraska with 13 kills on a .500 attack percentage and added eight digs. The Huskers had a .380 attack percentage on the night.

“Nebraska is an extremely good team, especially this early in the season,” KU head coach Ray Bechard said. “They are very physical and great programs like this have great players deep into their roster. I was disappointed with our passing game but we fought hard in game three. We are a team that is committed to getting better.”

KU will next be in action at 7 p.m. Saturday as it takes on Baylor (7-7, 1-4 Big 12) in Waco, Texas.