Jayhawks Win In Five; Rozum Breaks KU Assists Record
Oct. 1, 2005
BOUDLER, Colo. –
The University of Kansas volleyball team had much to celebrate Saturday night as it defeated Colorado in five games – 30-32, 31-29, 17-30, 34-32 and 15-6 — at the Coors Events Center. With her 65 assists, senior setter Andi Rozum became the Jayhawks’ all-time assists leader with 4,238 for her career.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
Rozum, who also had seven kills on a .472 attack percentage, broke Julie Woodruff’s career mark of 4,209 assists, set during the 1991 season. With their first Big 12 road win, the Jayhawks improved to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 play while the Buffaloes moved to 5-6 and 1-5 in league action.
Senior Paula Caten led KU with 19 kills on a .342 hitting efficiency and added seven digs and five blocks. Senior Josi Lima (14 digs, seven blocks), junior Jana Correa and (nine digs, four aces) and sophomore Emily Brown (15 digs, three aces) each added 15 kills in the win.
Junior Jamie Mathewson added 15 digs and three assists. KU hit .251 as a team, recorded 11.0 blocks and 62 digs on the night.
KU started out solid in game one, tying the match 9-all behind a Lima kill. KU sprinted to a 29-26 match point, but the Buffaloes hit consecutive kills to tie the game and capitalized off the Jayhawks’ hitting errors (12 in the game). Serving miscues (five) also plagued KU as it hit just .118 in the opening stanza.
Game two saw long rallies and strong defense from both teams. The Jayhawks led most of the game, but fell behind 25-28 after a few hitting errors. KU rallied back to tie it at 29-all and ended the game on a Correa kill and Buffalo error. KU picked up its offense, posting a .271 hitting efficiency.
KU led by as many as three points in game three before CU used a 10-2 run to take a commanding 25-15 lead. The Jayhawk offense could not produce and errors once again doomed KU, which hit just .129 in the 30-17 loss.
The Buffaloes took a 14-11 lead in game four after six unanswered points. KU came back to tie it at 21-all, forcing CU’s first timeout of the stanza. The teams tied the game 10 times after the break until Brown and Caten nailed consecutive kills, 34-32, to force a deciding game five. KU hit a sizzling .326 in the stanza.
The Jayhawks jumped to a 6-1 lead in the final game after a Lima kill and block and two CU hitting errors. KU did not let up, ending the game and match with a 4-0 run. KU seemed to dig up every CU attack and the offense hit .692 with nine kills and no errors on 13 attempts.
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KU will next be in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday night when it hosts #16 Kansas State (12-3, 3-2 Big 12) at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The match is sold out of reserved seating, but depending on student attendance, there may be a very limited number of general admission tickets available on match night.
Ticket inquiries can be directed to the KU Ticket Office at 1-800-34-HAWKS.