Jayhawks Continue Road Stint At Colorado

Sept. 30, 2005


Kansas volleyball will wrap up a Big 12 road stint Saturday when it takes on Colorado (5-5, 1-4 Big 12) at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. The Jayhawks (11-3, 3-2 Big 12) are coming off a three-game loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday and are looking for their first conference road win of the season.

The Buffaloes are 2-3 at home this season and have dropped four of their last five matches — including three to top 25 opponents. Livestats and post-match results will be available Saturday on Kansas Athletics’ official website, kuathletics.com.

The Jayhawks, 11-3 overall, return nine letterwinners and five starters in 2005. KU went 8-1 in non-conference play and is 3-2 against Big 12 foes this season. The Jayhawks are coming off a 3-0 loss at Texas Tech, their first loss to the Red Raiders since the 2002 season.

Senior middle blocker Josi Lima, a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National and Big 12 Player of the Week on Sept. 19. Postseason awards candidates Paula Caten (senior), Jana Correa (junior) and Emily Brown (sophomore) are also in the starting six.

Lima leads the KU hitters with 3.88 kills and adds 2.43 digs and 0.98 blocks per game. Correa, a 6-0 outside hitter, is close behind with 3.69 kills per game while freshman Savannah Noyes, a 6-3 middle blocker, adds 1.69 kills per game at a team-best .272 hitting efficiency.

Caten, a 6-3 outside hitter, adds 3.29 kills per game and Brown, a 6-2 right side hitter, chips in 2.76 kills and 2.35 digs per game. Junior libero Jamie Mathewson paces the defense with 3.33 digs per game.

Colorado (5-5, 1-4 Big 12) had a rough start to its Big 12 season, dropping matches to then-ranked #18 Texas, #1 Nebraska and #8 Missouri. The Buffs picked up their first league win at Oklahoma (3-2) but were swept by the Cyclones in Ames Wednesday.

Senior right side hitter Allie Griffin leads CU and ranks second in the Big 12 with 5.09 kills on a .327 hitting efficiency and adds 2.23 digs per game. Sophomore outside hitter Amber Sutherland adds 3.63 kills per game and senior outside Nicole Carr (2.25 kpg) leads the defense with 3.06 digs per game.

Junior setter Ashley Nu’u runs the CU offense with 13.39 assists per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 behind Missouri’s Lindsey Hunter and KU’s Andi Rozum. While their offense has been solid, the Buffs rank at the bottom of the league in blocks per game (1.83) and opponent hitting percentage (.250).

Colorado leads the all-time series against Kansas, 30-8. The teams have split the series the last two seasons, winning on their respective home courts. The Jayhawks’ last win in Boulder was on Sept. 25, 2002 (3-2).

Four Jayhawk seniors were honored in their final match at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center as KU blocked its way to a 3-1 win over Colorado on Nov. 27, 2004.
Kansas notched a season-best 18.0 blocks and six Jayhawks recorded five or more kills in the win. The Jayhawks prevailed 30-22, 29-31, 31-29 and 30-19.

Jana Correa led the Jayhawks with 17 kills on a .432 attack percentage and added three service aces and a solo block. The Buffaloes were led by Allie Griffin’s 17 kills.

Josi Lima added 16 kills, eight total blocks and six digs in the win. Andi Rozum led all players with 42 assists and added five kills on a .625 attack percentage, 10 digs and six total blocks.

Four seniors — Jill Dorsey, Ashley Bechard, Ashley Michaels and Lindsey Morris — started the match and finished together with a win. Dorsey had a match-high 20 digs and added three assists. Bechard dished three assists, including one for the final kill of the match, Michaels had seven kills, six total blocks and two digs, and Morris added a career-best four assists to go with three digs.

KU outblocked CU 18.0 to 3.0 and outhit the Buffaloes .284 to .171. However, CU outnumbered the Jayhawks in digs (64-54) and kills (67-63).

Senior Andi Rozum has been running the Jayhawk offense for the past four seasons and as a result, will leave KU as one of the most successful setters in program history. The 5-10 native of Loveland, Colo., has 4,173 career assists and is just 36 away from the all-time mark set by Julie Woodruff (1988-91).

Rozum dished a career-high 73 assists in five games at Texas on Sept. 21, surpassing her previous best of 72 against Montana State this season and at Texas Tech in 2003.

Despite missing 11 matches to start the 2003 season, Rozum became just the third Jayhawk ever to eclipse the 4,000-assist mark when she totaled 56 against Oklahoma on Sept. 17. In addition, Rozum is averaging 12.15 assists per game, which currently tops the all-time career chart.

Josi Lima will leave KU as one of the most prolific players in the program’s history and take with her many career records. With her 11 kills at Texas Tech on Sept. 28, Lima became the Jayhawks’ all-time leading kills leader with 1,308 for her career.

Lima broke Sarah Rome’s career mark of 1,306, set during the 2003 season. In addition, the three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection could finish her career on top of many blocking charts and in the top five for attack percentage, kills per game and digs.

The Kansas volleyball matches versus Kansas State (Oct. 5) and Nebraska (Oct. 8) are sold out of reserved seating, the athletics department announced Wednesday. Depending on student attendance, there may be a very limited number of general admission tickets available on match night.

Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, which has a seating capacity of 1,300.

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