KU Hosts #20 K-State in Sunflower Showdown

Oct. 4, 2005


Kansas volleyball looks to extend its home win streak to 15 Wednesday night when it hosts #20 Kansas State at 7 p.m. in the Horejsi Family Athletics Center. The Jayhawks, 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12, have not defeated the Wildcats (12-3, 3-2) in their last 14 tries, losing the 2003 and 2004 meetings in Lawrence, 3-2.

Fans in attendance can participate in a KU pom-pom giveaway while supplies last. Gametracker, live video streaming and post-match results will be available on Kansas Athletics’ official website, kuathletics.com.

The Jayhawks, 12-3 overall, return nine letterwinners and five starters in 2005. KU went 8-1 in non-conference play and is 4-2 against Big 12 foes this season. The Jayhawks are coming off a 3-2 victory at Colorado for their first Big 12 road win of 2005.

KU is led by senior middle blocker Josi Lima, a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and 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 Jayhawks with 3.80 kills and adds 2.46 digs and 1.02 blocks per game. Correa, a 6-0 outside hitter, is close behind with 3.63 kills per game while freshman Savannah Noyes, a 6-3 middle blocker, adds 1.61 kills per game at a team-best .272 hitting efficiency.

Caten, a 6-3 outside hitter, adds 3.33 kills per game and Brown, a 6-2 right side hitter, chips in 2.78 kills and 2.41 digs per game. Junior libero Jamie Mathewson paces the defense with 3.30 digs per game.

The Jayhawks have won 14 straight matches at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, dating back to a 3-2 loss to Missouri on Oct. 16, 2004. KU has had much success on its home court recently and is 66-31 overall (.680) at Horejsi since its opening on Sept. 1, 1999.

The Kansas volleyball matches versus Kansas State (Oct. 5) and Nebraska (Oct. 8) are sold out of reserved seating, the athletics department announced on Sept. 28. Depending on student attendance, there may be a very limited number of general admission tickets available on match night. Both matches are schedule for 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, which has a seating capacity of 1,300.

Kansas State (12-3, 3-2 Big 12) snapped a two-match and six-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over #23 Texas A&M on Saturday. The Wildcats saw three players reach double figures in kills against the Aggies in their first win over a ranked opponent in 2005.

Junior Sandy Werner (3.57 kpg) led the way with 14 kills and a match-high .737 hitting percentage. Other Wildcats in double figure were senior Agata Rezende (team-best 4.12 kpg) with 10 kills and junior Joy Hamlin (2.56 kpg) with 12. Hamlin leads KSU and ranks fourth in the league with 1.48 blocks per game.

Sophomore setter Stacy Spiegelberg, who totaled 44 assists against TAMU, runs the Wildcat offense with 13.22 assists per game. KSU’s other Big 12 wins this season came against Oklahoma (3-0) and Texas Tech (3-0) while it was swept by #8 Missouri and #22 Texas.

K-State leads the all-time series against the Jayhawks, 51-32, and has won the last 20 meetings. KU’s last victory over the Wildcats (3-2 in Lawrence) was on Nov. 16, 1994, under head coach Karen Schonewise. The Jayhawks were just 7-19 overall and 4-8 in Big Eight play that season.

Current head coach Ray Bechard is 0-14 against the Wildcats.

Kansas’ two-match win streak was halted by a 3-0 loss at No. 18 Kansas State Oct. 30, 2004, at the Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan. The Jayhawks fell to the Wildcats 30-20, 30-19 and 30-28.

The Jayhawks were led by middle blockers Josi Lima and Ashley Michaels, who had seven kills apiece. Emily Brown and Paula Caten each added six kills in the loss.

Jill Dorsey led the defense with a match-high 13 digs while Lima pitched in eight digs and four block assists. Brown, Dani Wittman and Andi Rozum each added at least four digs in the defensive effort. Rozum dished 26 assists and two solo blocks. Michaels also added a season-high three of KU’s seven service aces.

K-State was led by Vali Hejjas, who totaled a match-best 18 kills in 42 attempts. The Wildcats out-hit the Jayhawks .239 to .059 and outblocked them 15.0 to 9.0 on the day.

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. With her 65 assists in the win at Colorado Saturday, the 5-10 native of Loveland, Colo., surpassed the all-time mark set by Julie Woodruff (1988-91) and now has 4,238 for her career.

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 kills leader and now has 1,323 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.

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